|I have been doing ventriloquism since 1974,
when I received a figure for Christmas in
the third grade.
I do shows of all kinds: corporate events, fund
raisers, openings for concerts, schools, libraries,
fairs, private parties and even ventriloquism
|My shows range from a
half an hour to an hour
depending on your needs.
I always custom design my
shows to fit in with any
occasion or celebration.
|For a bit of fun
have me do a
for a friend or family
|You probably knew that ventriloquism has been
around for quite a while, but did you know that the
earliest record we have of the use of
ventriloquism comes from ancient Greece?
The Greeks built a temple for Apollo at Delphi in
the sixth century B.C. They believed that Apollo
would speak to them through his oracle, a
priestess names Pythia. Pythia would stand as if
in a trance, mouth still, as words came from the
sky or out of a sacred stone (pretty easy for a
ventriloquist). The Greeks called it “gastromancy,”
referring to the use of the diaphragm to project the
voice without moving the lips.
The origin or the word “ventriloquism” is a
combination of two Latin words: “Ventre” (the
belly) and “Loqui” (to speak). A belly speaker.
Many shamans and witch doctors used the
technique to allow the “spirits of the dead” or the
“ancient ancestors” to speak to the villagers.
Ventriloquism became popular in our culture
during the early 1900s with Vaudeville. This was
pure entertainment where the ventriloquist would
talk to a “dummy” or an animal puppet, and “throw
their voice” under the stage or from a trunk. They
would have their “friend” sing while they drank a
glass of water.
From Vaudeville it spread to radio, film and then
television with such amazing ventriloquists like
Edgar Bergen and his friend Charlie McCarthy,
Jimmy Nelson and Danny O’Day (who I learned
from), Sherri Lewis and Lambchop. Today on
television you may see Jeff Dunham, Jay
Terry Fader, Ron Lucas and many others.