Test Your Ventril-Ability No. 7 Answer Page

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

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

True. The key word in this statement is “pretend.” You should pretend your ventriloquist figure is alive for greatest realism. If you ever start believing the puppet is actually alive, it is time to get some professional help and take up a new hobby!

The animations and effects that make a ventriloquist puppet more realistic are the most useful because they will be used often. However a comedy effect used only once during a show has great value as well.

False. Mistakes handled skillfully and creatively can actually add to the success of an act.

It is impossible to accurately imagine how your performance is seen through the eyes of an audience. Watching your reflection in a mirror gives a partial picture and is helpful. But watching a video recorded practice session is better and can be very enlightening.

Trick question. Moving eyes, open and close mouth, turning head – are all very useful. But there are very excellent and effective puppets being used, even professionally, that do not have moving eyes.

True. And there are times when the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words,” may also be true, even when spoken about a puppet.

Yes, we have actually met ventriloquists who are jealous of the fact that people consider the puppet the star of the show. Or, the puppet’s name is remembered while the ventriloquist’s name has been forgotten. Jealousy between ventriloquist and puppet is rare and we hope it never happens to you – we know who is the real star of YOUR show!

Comedy features are wonderful! In fact, they are so much fun we want to show them off. Caution: Do not overdo comedy effects as it will diminish their impact and effectiveness.

True. Very True!

(C) While there may be times when you will bring the ventriloquist figure or puppet to a sudden frozen state for impact, we can accurately make the statement that the ventriloquist puppet should be kept moving in a lifelike manner continuously throughout the entire act.


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