I think I have seen the majority of you Maher supporters at the last Vent Haven International Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion, held July 13-16 in Ft. Mitchell, KY. There was loads of laughs, great shows, lectures, and workshops…all topped off with Jeff Dunham’s show at the BB&T Arena.

Now here is the leading question. What was your “take away” from the ConVENTion? What did you learn?

You can learn a lot by watching pro vents work, or maybe you learned one golden nugget at a lecture or workshop. That one nugget could be worth the entire cost of your registration, but only if you put into practice what you took notes on. Viewing without application is like not even attending.

Read over your lecture/ workshop notes, view a few times the books, DVD’s and other learning materials that were presented. The time is NOW to make what you witnessed a part of you. You grow when you apply action instead of just “lip service”. Anyone can say they will apply themselves, but it takes a successful person to actually make it happen.

We hope to see you all at Vent Haven ConVENTion 2017, to be held on July 12-15, 2017 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott

To contact Mark Wade- kidshowvent@gmail.com



  • I learned many things. A lot of technical things that are many to try to post. The main thing for me was an affirmation that I am a solid Semi-pro Ventriloquist on the right path with a Professional level show on the cusp of being born. I also learned that I have another family aside form blood relations I have my belly talker family. In this family I have a few rich uncles– ha ha ha! I swear I have never been to anything like this in my life where the drama was only on the open mic stage when you didn’t make your time. I did not realize open mic was put on like the gong show– but it works! I learned that no matter what your skill level you are welcome. My sister Melissa was so worried about it since she is a lapsed Ventriloquist just getting her lips back. The Boot Camp really turned her around gave her confidence and she had the best time in recent memory. We will be back for sure. It’s looking like Con 41 will be doable for me. I am doing a very big production of Animal Farm as visiting artist for The University of Houston in the spring of 2017, those fees will cover the con costs. I’ll be using masks and puppetry to make that happen. I learned that not only can Dan Horn make you laugh he can make you cry as any brilliant clown can. I learned that for Melissa and I Vent Haven is Sacred Ground. I also learned that as much as I am a fan of other Ventriloquists they turned out to be fans of mine and Bosworth– That really blew my mind. I learned that a lot of vents love Werewolves! So many Monster kinds in the Vent community! I could go on and on but this is all ready too long. Thanks so much and we will see Y’all again soon!

  • My main takeaway was family. The ConVENTion really is a family reunion. I got to finally meet so many online friends in person and it was fantastic. I am working on getting back next year. I guess, for me, the best practical tip was from Taylor Mason…write it down. Thanks again Mark, along with Tom and Ken, you guys put on one great family reunion!

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