“The Confidence Factor”

“The Confidence Factor”

Many things have been written and recorded about having confidence, but this is never so true as it is with performing. An audience can sense almost immediately if you have confidence in yourself as a performer (and as a person ... ) the moment you walk on stage. I...

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“Give The Customer What They Want”

“Give The Customer What They Want”

How many times have you gone to see an entertainer who only entertains themselves? If it’s a magician, he or she does tricks THEY like, not what the audience wants to hear or see. Or a juggler who does the same act as the rest of the jugglers, or a VENTRILOQUIST who...

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BACKDROP CURTAIN OR NO BACKDROP CURTAIN?

BACKDROP CURTAIN OR NO BACKDROP CURTAIN?

One area of discussion that crops up from time to time is whether or not to use a backdrop curtain or go without. I think it depends upon what kind of a show your are doing and where the show will be staged. Let me explain ... For years I did not use a backdrop...

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MAKE YOUR CLIENT COMFORTABLE

MAKE YOUR CLIENT COMFORTABLE

Now before you read this headline and think I am advocating buying a sofa for your customer, let me explain. Although WE know how much time it would take us to set our show and be ready to perform, the client is always the “nervous one” about your arrival time, plus...

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“BE YOURSELF” THE BEST ADVICE!

“BE YOURSELF” THE BEST ADVICE!

One of the best pieces of advice I have heard from my wife, my Mom and Dad, and my good friends is “always be yourself!”  Nothing can any more true than that ... on a personal and professional level. I have seen many amateur vents emulate vent heroes to the point of...

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THE “BIG 3” OF A SHOW

THE “BIG 3” OF A SHOW

Every good ventriloquist show has what I like to call the “Big 3”, a beginning, a middle, and a definite end. It makes sense when you create the show, and it makes sense to the audience. Your audience doesn’t go away dissatisfied because psychologically they felt...

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The “Professional Touch”

The “Professional Touch”

Many things go into making a professional. Some of the things seem to be just common sense, while others are habits you need to learn to train yourself to be a pro. Let’s explore a few. • Eating At A Banquet or Gig - I always like to keep a professional distance...

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Who Is Your Best Choice For Puppet Maker?

Who Is Your Best Choice For Puppet Maker?

I wish I had a dime for every person who asked me “Who do you recommend to build a puppet?”, as I would be a rich guy at this point. I can’t actually give you a definitive answer, but I can give you some ideas as to who you may find to do the job. Read on, please, and...

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FINDING YOUR “NICHE” IMPORTANT FOR VENTRILOQUISTS

FINDING YOUR “NICHE” IMPORTANT FOR VENTRILOQUISTS

I know I’ve touched on this topic a time or two in the past, but what I am going to tell you bears repeating. To be truly successful in ventriloquism you must find your own “niche’, or market. You must find what makes you happy and then concentrate on the niche to...

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