Test Your Ventril-Ability No. 8 Answer Page

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

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

Actually, there is no accurate way for us to know exactly how much time any student will spend in practice each day. In fact, since practice can be easily incorporated into daily routines (see Tips – Lesson 14) timing the total length of practice would be difficult. But the key to any practice routine is to do it daily.


False. See lesson ten.

True. The personality of most puppet characters contains a touch of boldness and self-confident wit. He/she knows when it has been clever and is proud of the fact. Checking to be certain everyone is aware of his cleverness would be quite natural. This also provides time for people to respond.

On occasion, humans express things through bodily or facial movements only. The resulting impact may be greater than if words had been spoken. Manipulated properly, puppets are able to do the same. Pantomime practice with your puppet or vent figure has value beyond words.


Put yourself in your puppet’s role. Pretend he is real. Video your practice, then critique your efforts through the eyes of your audience.


False. Unless your puppet is pretending to be dead, it should show some movement continuously throughout the performance. Your goal is to project life through the puppet; not the opposite.


Is this question a joke? You make me laugh!


As a general rule, the answer to this statement is yes! And for good reason(s).

The punch line is the sole reason a joke is told. Without the punch line, there is no joke. Make the punch line stand out. Failing to do so is disastrous. Review the several ways you can deliver the punch line effectively.


When you go to work, you spend a certain amount of time preparing yourself for the job. And for good reason. There are also good reasons for doing the same for your figure or puppet before taking it to work on stage.

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