“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

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”

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?

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

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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The Maher Members Forum

We have had several questions regarding the Maher Members Forum and how to use it. I took a few moments to create this video to help. The Maher Members Forum is a great place to ask questions, share ideas and make friends. It is just one of the many ways Maher...

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WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE A VENT LIBRARY?

I have a confession..I love books! I know that’s not a big revelation, but I think it’s important to point it out, especially since this is the topic for this column. Books have been a big part of what made me a ventriloquist, and hopefully they can help you as well....

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USA VENTRILOQUISTS

Info from Terry Fator: We are entering the final week for entries into this year’s Terry Fator / Clinton Detweiler scholarship competition. All entries must be submitted by June 20th (Friday). You still have a few days left to enter their video. Entries can be...

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IDEAS FOR WORKING OUTDOOR SHOWS- Part 2

In my first installment I gave you some ideas to think about when you book outdoor shows. This next column will explore further some of things necessary when performing in the great outdoors. One of the things most outdoor entertainment planners fail to look at is...

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