I am always searching to acquire more ventriloquist figures. I have had many people contact me and ask if it is OK to offer me figures instead of listing on them on eBay or the Ventriloquist Marketplace. The answer is YES!! I certainly could not put my collection together without the contact of those of you wishing to sell.
W.S. Berger in the last century did exactly the same. He let everyone know that he had open arms for all their ventriloquist dummies as well as any pictures, papers or novelty items concerning this great art. I would like everyone to know that I too am doing just the same as this great collector of the past has done. So please when you think about getting rid of a figure, contact me and let me know what you have and maybe your figure will become part of the Ventriloquist Central Collection.
I am constantly asked ,” How do you find these incredible figures?” The answer is simple, I search for them everywhere. I ask everyone that I come into contact with if they or anyone in their family was ever into ventriloquism or magic. You see magic is a very close relative in the world of ventriloquism. In actuality as a ventriloquist you are doing an illusion. Making an inanimate figure talk. So asking if a magician has an old ventriloquist figure is not a far fetched idea and it has worked for me many times. It is true that most of the time they are toys because the magician never really got far into the science of the art so never upgraded the figure, but every now and again a great old figure will surface.
I have also kept in touch with many antique dealers over the years and they all know that I am interested in ventriloquist figures if they find one. This is a rather rare occurrence too but it has happened for me more than once. Also once others in the collecting aspect of the ventriloquism field find out that you are interested in ventriloquist figures they will respond to you.
I am most interested in acquiring figures by Frank Marshall but of course all other makers are wanted and will be given a great home and proudly displayed. I try to photograph and give the most complete background of both the figure and the previous owner or owners as I possibly can and once posted it will always be readily available for viewing on this site. Also I do in fact have every figure out and not boxed away. I use every figure and clean them all continually to keep them in perfect working and looking order. You ventriloquial pal will always be cared for here in the Ventriloquist Central Collection.
So PLEASE consider me when you look to part with your figure.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2011 by Dan Willinger
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