When it comes to ventriloquist figures not many
people think of Mexico but in fact there have been some special
ventriloquist figures that did in fact come from Mexico. One such
figure was made by a carpenter named N. Cruz. This figure was based
on a character by cartoonist Miguel Angel Gomez and was used by a
famous ventriloquist named Paco Miller.
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I was happy to find a figure that I believe was made by the same
maker and I have him pictured here. This figure is from the 1940's
or 1950's and is in original condition. The hair moustache and beard
are done in crepe. The head is paper mache and the body and hands
are done in wood.
As you can see this fellow has the bulging eyes which are painted
and do not move. He has raising eyebrows, drop jaw and what appear
to be real teeth and a smoker. He has an unusual way of making the
The controls strings come out of the bottom of
the neck and attach to an L shap on the bottom of the headstick.
This forms a triangle shape. If you pull the string in towards the
head stick the function works. Separate strings for the mouth and
the eyebrows. You can move them together or separately as you like.