Tribute to Ventriloquism

History of Ventriloquism

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Ray Guyll being interview by Dan Willinger making comments about Ventriloquist Central and
"The Ultimate Guide To Building Your Own Ventriloquist Figure, Volume 1"

 

 

The Whole Ventchilada | Ventriloquist Pete Michaels

 

CONTENTS

VENTRILOQUISM in the 18th and 19th CENTURIES
Learn about the early ventriloquists like Sir John Parnell, Joseph Askins, Richard Potter, Fred Nieman and so many more from long ago.
 

VAUDEVILLE VENTRILOQUISTS (1900-1930)
Ventriloquists who used knee-figures became predominant after 1900 and vaudeville was where they could showcase their talents.
 

VENTRILOQUISTS of the 20th Century
Some of the great ventriloquists of the last century...such as Edgar Bergen, Bill Boley, Peter Brough, Foy Brown, Stanley Burns, Cy Leonard, Shari Lewis, Fred Maher, Bob Neller, Jimmy Nelson and so many more!!!
 

VENTRILOQUISTS of the 21st Century
Ventriloquists that are still around in this century...greats like Jim Barber, Greg Claassen, Nina Conti, Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator, Ronn Lucas, David Strassman, Kenny Warren and much more!!!
 

REGIONAL & LOCAL VENTRILOQUISTS
These ventriloquists might be in your area.
 

MISS AMERICA & VENTRILOQUISM
Some of the lady ventriloquists who were beauty pageant contestants
 

VENTRILOQUIST FIGURES or DUMMIES MAKERS
The makers who build and design the "hard" ventriloquist's figures or dummies.
 

MAKERS of PUPPETS & SOFT FIGURES
The people who makes puppets for ventriloquists and puppeteers.
 

VENTRILOQUISM in the MEDIA
The many different audio recordings, videos and books about the Art of Ventriloquism.

VENTRILOQUIST TOY FIGURES
The many different types of ventriloquist toy figures.
 

VENTRILOQUISM IN FILM & THE MOVIES
Listings of TV shows, film and movies with the use of ventriloquism.
 

HORROR and VENTRILOQUISM
Not for the faint of heart.
 

LINKS to ASSORTED VENTRILOQUISM SITES
Many different links to an assortment of ventriloquism & other sites.

VENTRILOQUISM VIDEOS
Actual videos of ventriloquists in action
 

VENTRILOQUIST CENTRAL COLLECTION
Dan Willinger owns one of the largest private collections of ventriloquist figures.  You have to see this amazing collection.

 

SPECIAL TRIBUTE PAGES

W.S. BERGER
The creator of the Vent Haven Museum
 

THE GREAT LESTER
Harry Lester known as "The Great Lester"
 

EDGAR BERGEN
A brief history of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen
 

EDGAR BERGEN in SHORT SUBJECTS  
A listing of the Vitaphone short subjects that Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy appeared


THE EDGAR BERGEN & CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW
An episode guide and brief history

EDGAR BERGEN in the MOVIES 
A listing of movies in that Edgar Bergen and his wooden friends appeared.


PAUL WINCHELL
Information, links and about the ventriloquist, Paul Winchell
 

PETER BROUGH
Information, links and pictures about the English ventriloquist, Peter Brough
 

SHARI LEWIS
Information and links about the female ventriloquist, Shari Lewis


TERRY BENNETT
Information and videos about the ventriloquist, Terry Bennett


BOB ISAACSON & CHARLIE McCARTHY
See this great story about Bob Isaacson & Charlie McCarthy


CAROLE SILVESTER & "FRECKLES"
See Carole Silvester and her Frank Marshall figure, "Freckles"


TEXAS VENTRILOQUIST/PUPPETEERS GATHERING 2011
The first annual Texas Ventriloquist/Puppeteers Gathering in Austin Texas.


RITA WINCHELL
Sister of ventriloquist Paul Winchell

 

 

And Special Thanks to ALL the Wonderful People Who Have Contributed to This Website