I have talked about the length of head sticks on ventriloquist figures before but I had a couple inquiries about the long head sticks recently so I thought I would touch on it again for those new to the Ventriloquist Central fold.
Back in the early days of the Knee figures they were made with head sticks that went all the way through the body and attached to the bottom board of the body. This meant that the bottom of the neck was flat and the hole in the shoulder board was large enough for the head stick to fit through but not the neck itself.
It would rest on the shoulder board, sort of. In reality there would be a space of maybe 3/8th of an inch between the bottom of the neck and the shoulder board. This would allow for the head to rotate in a 360 degree or circle.
The ventriloquist could spin the head or turn the back of the head to the audience which did create some comical effects.
Most of the early makers both American and English used head sticks like this.but by the turn of the 1930’s makers were starting to shorten the head sticks and using a new and improved style called ball and socket. This style came into vogue and the long head stick fell by the wayside
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