Test Your Ventril-Ability No. 1 Answer Page

This test is found in Lesson Two of the
Maher Course Of Ventriloquism – Detweiler Version.

It is a “self-check” test for your benefit.

Ventriloquist dialogues are most commonly written as a conversation between the “straight man” and the “comedian,” with the ventriloquist actually playing both roles.


Near and Distant are the two most common types of ventriloquism. Most ventriloquists use near ventriloquism as their primary usage of the art.

A puppet or ventriloquist figure is used for the presentation of near ventriloquism with the ventriloquist voice made to sound as if it originates from a nearby source. But, the ventriloquist voice is produced to sound as though it is coming from a far away source for distant ventriloquism.

( B ) Ventriloquism is a vocal illusion, fooling the listener (ear) as to the true source of the sound.

Magic is an illusion to the eye; ventriloquism is an illusion to the ear. (Although the ventriloquist lets the listener’s eyes trick their ears!)

False. No special voice or vocal cords are required for ventriloquism. Any person with a normal speaking voice could master the art.

Practice and Determination are the two most important requirements for ventriloquist success once a person understands the required technique.

The best way to refer to your ventriloquist figures or puppets is simply to refer to them by name.

Contrast between the ventriloquist voice and the normal voice may be achieved in a variety of ways (or combination of techniques) such as: Tone, Dialect, Inflection, Vocabulary, Tempo, Resonance, etc. Plus the obvious – there will be no lip movement on the face of the ventriloquist when ventriloquist speech is being produced.

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