More news from Mark Wade.
The English style mouth was made popular by Len Insull. Most all the pro vents from England used this type figure. I also believe that the mouth movements with the English figure are just as visible as the slot jaw. A perfectly working Insull lower lip opens wide enough to show that the mouth is open and in conjunction with the upper lip I feel that the look is about as real as you can get for a dummy showing those great white teeth.
Craig Lovik back in the early 1980’s coined the phrase “Living Mouth” which is the English mouth but he was not the first American builder to do this style. If you go to my dummy collection and look up Pinxy figures there is a wonderful example of an American figure with English style mouth.
A few years ago, Ellen Rixford published a book, Figures in the Fourth Dimension: Mechanical Movement for Puppets and Automata. She sent us some information and it looks very interesting:
I am so happy to let you all know that even though Steve Hurst the webmaster and I have not posted a lot in recent history our site has never been far from our hearts.
Steve has diligently worked his behind off and I am so happy to announce that ALL of the videos on VentriloquistCentralVideos.com, are now back and active.
If there is a video on Ventriloquist more than likely you will find it on Ventriloquist Central Videos. I can tell you I have already spent many hours watching great vents of both today and the past and I know you will too.