Ventriloquism's past and present


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When I was a kid there were a lot of ventriloquist’s acts on TV, like the delightful Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahony. I finally got a book from the library on the topic so I could learn the secret of throwing my voice. I was shocked to lean the entire art is talking without moving your lips, with a bit of breath control. It was a gyp! But as I came to realize, the secret is not so much vocal trickery as it is a specialized form of acting. the ventriloquist gets you to believe the dummy is talking, and he provides the soundtrack for your consensual fantasy.You know its a fake, but you enter into the act.


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For anyone who’s a fan of puppets and ventriloquism, I recommend trying to catch Joel Hodgson’s (of MST3K) one man show “Riffing Myself”. Check his site to see if he’ll be in your town anytime soon.

http://joelhodgson.com


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TV appearances exposed his limitations as a ventriloquist, as his lips were frequently seen to move.


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