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What is a Ventriloquist?

A Ventriloquist is a specialized type of Comedian.

A ventriloquist is someone who 'throws' his or her voice to make it sound like it's coming from somewhere else. This is done with minimal lip movement and also by altering the pitch of the voice so as to create a second 'personality'. This typically involves the use of a puppeteered dummy or doll, making the inanimate toy seem like it's coming to life. The most familiar type of ventriloquist is typically seen in a nightclub, sitting on a stool with his 'dummy'.

Today, a variety of different types of puppets are utilized, from the traditional wooden hard-headed knee figure to soft cloth or foam puppets, and can vary in size from twelve inches all the way up to human-size. The art of ventriloquism relies on the human ear not being very good at locating the source of a sound without visual cues. Therefore, the ventriloquist uses eye movement, gestures and conversation to direct attention to where the voice is supposed to be coming from.

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How to Become a Ventriloquist

The art of ventriloquism can be learned and performed without a formal education. But to have a successful career in show business and as an entertainer, it would be very helpful to have a formal education in business, marketing, or theatre.

Many people who have gotten involved in ventriloquism are typically artistic types who prefer to focus on the performing aspect of the job. While having a wonderful show is important (a prerequisite actually), it is really only the beginning. Sales, marketing, networking, budgeting, accounting, contracts and collections are just a handful of the business tasks you’ll need to become proficient in if you are going to make it in show business.

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