Those Times …

Those Times …

We all have "those times." No matter what it says on your contract. No matter what the agent, client or venue promises. There will come a time when something isn't right. In Breaking Down The Brick Walls Of Show Business, Ken Groves tries to help you understand how to...

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Saying Things That Aren’t Popular …

Saying Things That Aren’t Popular …

"What do you think of my video?" "Did you see my FaceBook post?" "Do you like my new vent figure?" Do you want the truth? Or acceptance? Or do you want the facts? When I started, Ken Groves used to critique me. He still does. After seeing my...

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How To Hone Your Act & Your Skills

How To Hone Your Act & Your Skills

Last week I wrote an article on knowing the history of the art. As part of my research, I started watching some Arthur Worsley videos. Most were during his heyday as a young ventriloquist. In one he was much older. I started thinking about...

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Know Your Past

Know Your Past

Today, if you ask young vents to name a famous ventriloquist, they usually reply Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator or Darci Lynne. Some find that discouraging. They feel the new generation doesn't know or care about the past. I'm not so sure about that....

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I Can’t Afford It …

I Can’t Afford It …

I can't afford that. I really want it, but I just can't afford it. How often do we use that excuse? You may be thinking: That isn't an excuse! It is a fact of life! Maybe, but we tend to bring things into our lives that we "really" want. Like that meal you...

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Ask Tom

Ask Tom

I used to do a question and answer video program over on Learn-Ventriloquism.com. The number of questions slowed down, so I stopped. No reason I can't answer questions here. I purchased several of the Maher Ventriloquism Course Kindle books and love them....

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Remembering Your Scripts

Remembering Your Scripts

One question that pops up again and again in emails, is how can I remember my script? That is a great question! It is a major concern for most ventriloquists. If you forget your script, how can you cover? What do you do? Well, first, I advise...

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Stereotypes

Stereotypes

Stereotypes are wrong. The basic definition of a stereotype is something you think about a group. The group could be anything. A classroom of students that are "bad." A religion that is "radical." A culture that is "superior." A country that is "snobbish."...

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Do Your Time

Do Your Time

I've talked about this before. I'll probably talk about this again. It is one of the worst mistakes ANY entertainer can make. It shows a total lack of professionalism. And I don't want you to make it. Stick to your time on stage! This comes up...

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I Wish There Was An Organization For Ventriloquists

I Wish There Was An Organization For Ventriloquists

I read an interesting blog post from Oct. 2012 by Clinton Detweiler. For those of you who don't know about Clinton, he and his wife Adelia purchased Maher Studios from Madeline Maher (wife of Fred) and ran the business for many years. Clinton...

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