A topic of discussion which arises every so often is about collecting ventriloquist figures and the bad impact it has on those that want the figures to perform. I find that very odd but there really are folks that have emailed me in private asking me why I don’t give others the chance to purchase old figures.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. First of all if an old figure is offered publicly say on eBay or even on the Ventriloquist Marketplace everyone has the chance to jump in and make the purchase. The one thing a person must understand is that you have to be ready to say yes and pay the price.
Now I am not saying there isn’t a bit of networking involved with collectors. That has always been the case in any item that has collect ability. Antique dealers network all the time and let each other know what they have found. I have done this my entire life.
But getting back to the subject at hand. I certainly have amassed a large collection of antique figures and I can tell you this for the most part performers would not use them in today’s venues. You want today the likes of Gilmer, Selberg, Hartz, Cowles, Payes figures because they are the look of the figures today. Also the performers today use the soft figures by The Dummy Shoppe | Puppets by JET, MAT and Axtell.
For me when I see a performer take a very nice original 50 plus year or older figure, and re do it to use today, I understand it is a tool, but it really breaks my heart to remove the originality of that figure. I know what you are going to say….Jimmy Nelson has redone Danny O’Day and Farfell over the years. Those characters will always be what they are FAMOUS and as I said are Mr. Nelson’s tools. He had to keep them looking minty fresh.
Please don’t look down on me as if I have taken something from you. It really is quite the opposite. I share the Ventriloquist Central Collection as much as I possibly can both by pictures and videos for you all to see and enjoy and will keep doing so , I hope, for many years to come.
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Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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