Don Frijole, Mexican Ventriloquist Figure

 

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 movements function.

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.

 

   

 

 
   

 

 
   

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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