What I Go Through …

Okay blog readers - I have a question. How important is it to you that you can comment on the blog? I have to ask, because one of Mark's post has pulled in over 237 comments. 235 of those comments are spam. How can I tell? Read these and tell...

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COMBINING COMEDY PROPS WITH VENTRILOQUISM

One of the things I enjoy doing is working out ways to combine comedy props with ventriloquism. Some of the props can be very elaborate, while others are simple and can be used for a quick gag. Let’s explore this just a bit. Any time you can add a different twist to...

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PACK FLAT..PLAY BIG!

One of the first things I learned when I started into vent full time over 35 years ago was the slogan “pack flat..play big”. It means to have props that can break down for easy storage and easy transportation, yet has a big impact on audiences. Now not everything can...

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TRUNK, SUITCASE, OR “OTHER’

TRUNK, SUITCASE, OR “OTHER’

What do you use to transport your characters? Do you use your favorite carrying bag or suitcase as part of your act? Let’s take a look at what some vents use and see what YOU may want to utilize for maximum effect. I have a variety of things I use when I am...

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A QUESTION OF ORIGINALITY

What is originality? How can we be sure we are being original in our acts or shows? Are we borrowing, knowingly or unknowingly, for some one else? I will give you some “food for thought” in this week’s installment of the Maher blog. What comes to mind is the old adage...

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MENTOR

We all need guidance, especially when we are trying to master something new. To learn something is to understand the complexities of what makes it work. That’s why it so vitally important to get the proper training from an EXPERT in the field. That’s today’s...

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BE A “MEANINGFUL SPECIFIC” !

I am a great believer in self-motivation. After all, if you can’t motivate yourself, who will motivate you? I always enjoyed listening to Zig Zigler, a wonderful speaker who always had great words of encouragement and business savvy. Zig’s most memorable statement to...

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“When In Doubt..”

I’m observing a pattern that distresses me in the vent community. Our younger vents, and I mean ones in the teen years, are starting to rely on “blue” or suggestive material in their dialogs. I’ve seen it at the Vent Haven ConVENTion and I’ve witnessed it at other...

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WHAT GOOD IS A MENTOR? PLENTY!!

    Here’s a question worth thinking about…what good is it for you to have a vent mentor, a coach of your very own? If you silently thought “Plenty!” you are on the right track. Reading and watching materials on ventriloquism is a must, but there comes a...

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Two – Two – Two

Hey everybody, it's Tom this week. Mark is on the way home from shows in Indiana and didn't get a chance to write a post. He asked me to help out. So this won't be your regular blog article! I want to share TWO bits of exciting news: #1. We are working on a complete...

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