Test Your Ventril-Ability No. 3
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This test is found in Lesson Six of the
Maher Course Of Ventriloquism - Detweiler Version.

It is a "self-check" test for your benefit.

  • 1

    The Ventril-o-aid has proven to be a most effective practice tool. The video camera is still the very best way to self-critique. A ventriloquist figure or puppet is used for nearly all ventriloquist performances. But without your tongue, ventriloquism would be impossible!

  • 2

    False. The Ventril-o-aid is tremendously effective as a practice tool, but is used during practice only - never during performance.

  • 3

    True. A pencil held between the teeth could serve as a substitute Ventril-o-aid, although the pencil will block the passage of air. The holes in the Ventril-o-aid are designed to allow air and words to pass through more freely.

  • 4

    The upper breath stream carries breath and words through resonant areas, escaping through the nose. The lower breath stream carries breath and words escaping through the mouth.

  • 5

    Words containing "M", "N", and "NG" sounds add resonant quality to ventriloquist speech.

  • 6

    Say this phrase: "Mother needs something." The letter "N" and the letter combination "NG" are always made with the tongue. The sound of the "M" is always made with the lips.

  • 7

    The resonant tones are carried primarily through the upper breath stream.

  • 8

    Breath and words carried on the lower breath stream can be blocked by the closed lips, tongue or uvula, singly or in combination.

  • 9

    True. Adding resonance to ventriloquist speech will increase the volume and carrying power (projection) of the words.

  • 10

    The resonant letters "NG" will always follow some vowel, adding contrast, volume, emphasis and projection to the sound of the vowel.


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