A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WARM UPS – Part 2

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WARM UPS – Part 2

In my first installment about warm ups I mentioned where the idea came from to warm up your audiences.  Fairs, television, and live performances all used this great idea, so why not vents?  Being a children’s ventriloquist specialist I found this to be exactly what I...

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Why Warming Up Your Audience Is Important- Part 1

I first was introduced to “warming up the crowd” when I was hired to be the opening act at fairs for some big name Nashville stars like Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, not to mention a few rock ‘n’roll legends like Chubby Checker, Jan and Dean, and...

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ARE “VENT SPECIALTIES” IMPORTANT?

ARE “VENT SPECIALTIES” IMPORTANT?

I am a vent that likes to add spice to my act.  I truly enjoy working with puppets as that is what the audience thinks of when they hear the word “ventriloquist”.  But you can also add some dimension to your shows by learning how to do some “vent specialties”.  What...

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IS DIRECT MAIL ADVERTISING DEAD?

Any working professional , or even part-time vent is always looking for the best ways to get out their message.  With the advent of the internet many performers have tossed away the idea of advertising by sending out a postcard or brochure.  It is so much easier,...

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USING SAME PUPPETS FOR REPEAT DATES

USING SAME PUPPETS FOR REPEAT DATES

On more than one occasion I have been asked about what do I do about returning dates or engagements.  Do I use the same puppets, or do I go off in a totally different direction and use something else?  Let’s tackle this situation in this post. First, you always have...

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March 11 Update

YOU NEED TO REGISTER TODAY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR JR./SR. OPEN MIC TOMORROW Tomorrow morning, March 12,  at 10 AM Eastern time in the USA you can sign up to be a part of the Junior or Senior Open Mic at the Vent Haven ConVENTion 2014.  But to be eligible you MUST be...

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WHEN IT’S OK TO DO A FREE / REDUCED PRICE SHOW

I have often been asked “When is it OK to do a FREE show?”.  Some would answer “Never!”, but I think this is something a performer has to deal with personally. I never say “never” to a free show.  Please allow me to explain… Many times there are causes you believe in...

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IMPROMPTU VENT CAN BE A BIG “PLUS”

As most we have found out from most entertainers, occasionally you are introduced to someone and it’s mentioned you are a ventriloquist. Often the person will ask “You’re a ventriloquist..can you do something?”  Since you are not carrying around a puppet (at least not...

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WARDROBE FOR VENTERTAINERS

WARDROBE FOR VENTERTAINERS

What you wear on stage can make a big difference in your performance.  Comfort is now king and so we must look at how to properly dress for our shows. As the old saying goes “Clothes makes the man (or woman) ! and that is vitally true! The day and age of the tuxedo is...

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BACKDROP OR NO BACKDROP?

BACKDROP OR NO BACKDROP?

For years as a full time traveling childen’s ventriloquist I struggled with the idea of whether or not to use a backdrop, a curtain behind me  for my shows.  For years I didn’t until my wife Jody suggested I try using one ..and it made all the difference in the world!...

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