By Mack Green
I. History of Ventriloquism
A. Ventriloquism goes as far back as egyptian archaeology.
B. Ventriloquism was used in ancient religious rituals.
C. Not much was known about it for a period of 2,000 years. (It remained a guarded secret.)
D. The first person to gather research on ventriloquism after this period was Abbe de la Chapelle, in 1770.
II. What is Ventriloquism?
A. Ventriloquism comes from a Latin word meaning belly-speech.
1. It was once thought that ventriloquist sounds originated in the stomach, but they are made with skillful use of the ordinary vocal cords.
B. Ventriloquism is not throwing your voice-It’s the act of talking without moving your lips.
1. People cannot detect direction of a sound or voice with the human ear.
2. With a doll figure opening it’s mouth and moving it’s hand and no movements from the ventriloquist, an illusion is created! It looks real!!
III. Who can learn to be a Ventriloquist?
A. Anyone and everyone with a desire to learn and willingness to practice.
IV. How do you learn?
A. Simply PRACTICE
1. Start by sitting in front of the mirror and practicing your vowels, then consonants.
a. There are some consonants that are hard to say without any movement of the lips.
b. The most difficult consonants are; M, P, and B, which can be replaced by other consonants.
2. Your lips should be slightly open, teeth together or slightly apart.
3. You talk with your tongue, not you jaws.
V. Where to use Ventriloquism
A. Sunday School
1. To tell a bible story
2. To lead songs
3. Testimony or Topical subject (Dummy telling experiences of other people.)
1. Teaching good study habits, behavior, safety, etc.
2. Teach a lesson with it.
C. Bus Ministry
D. Anywhere (Home, restaurants, friends homes, family gathering, etc.)
VI. What age groups like Ventriloquism?
A. All ages
1. Little children are usually amazed and will sit in awe just watching. (Sometimes they’re afraid of a talking doll.)
2. Primary age children love it and are not afraid. They love to talk to the doll and imagine him to be real.
3. Junior age children identify with the doll because he seems about their age.
4. Junior high is probably the hardest to reach, they think they are too old for kid-stuff. But they too like a well performed routine or story.
5. Seniors enjoy almost anything that has an adult flavor to it.
6. College and career age are some of the sharpest young people. You need to work hard in preparing the right material.
7. Adults are the hardest to give specific instruction. They should be taught something that applies to them (jobs, children, husbands, wives, etc.)
a. It is good for the dummy to take on the age and attributes of the age group he is talking to.
VII. People dummies
A. Another way to use ventriloquism is using real people for “Dummies”.
1. You can have the ventriloquist and the dummy talk on their own.
2. You can have the ventriloquist talk for the dummy.
VIII. Where to get a Ventriloquist figure
A. Wards, Sear, Penny’s, and quite a few toy stores have them for approximately $25.00 or less.
1. Most of these open their mouth with a string that is attached to the neck, they do not turn their heads.
2. Simon Sez is the only on I’ve seen that turns his head.
B. You can order one from Maher Studios; Maher Studios; Box 420; Littleton, CO 80160
C. You can make your own.
YOU CAN DO IT!!
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