Cases For Ventriloquist Figures

There has been much talk concerning the right type of case for your hard ventriloquist figure. Some of the makers today sell cases such as Maher and Selberg and you can also go to Walmart or KMart and purchase a trunk and line it with foam and it will work fine. These are all great ways to go but I just wanted to throw something else out there.

I was just at the Goodwill store buying some cloths for the figures and the man that puts new goods out brought out some old suitcases that were marked for sale. The first one I picked up was a tan colored leather suitcase in very fine condition. Big enough to hold a full size 40″ figures. I opened it up and the inside was as clean as the outside. Price $10.00 yup ten bucks. How can you beat that. The next was a black suitcase that was like Samsonite but another brand. Still in perfect condition and the price was $8.00. I bought them both.

You know back in the golden era of ventriloquism this was what all the ventriloquists used for their hard figures and believe me they still work today. So go to your local Goodwill or Salvation army store and check to see if they have any old suitcases. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you find.



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:

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2 Responses to Cases For Ventriloquist Figures

  1. Bill Matthews says:

    Yep. I used a regular suitcase for “Larry” for years. I padded and lined it myself. However having his hand broken during air travel once caused me to decide to invest in a custom figure trunk.

    • Linda says:

      We are looking for a case for a life size puppet of Scrooge. Could anyone suggest a company that would make such a thing? (UK is possible)
      Many thanks

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