Moving the mouth of a ventriloquist figure may be the most important aspect of ventriloquist except for the ventriloquist not moving his or her own lips. The ventriloquist figure doesn’t need anything else to be a real boy or girl in the audiences mind if it has the capability of speaking.
I always show my figures to you in my videos and I am the first to admit I am NOT a ventriloquist and therefore you will hear the mouth clack and also sometimes it doesn’t move in sync with what I may be saying. I am the first person to admit this.
You really must make sure you know how your figure’s mouth moves, meaning how far it will open and also when it will make the clacking sound. You must practice having either your thumb or finger, which ever you use to control the mouth lever, actually always ride on the lever. Practice the mouth movement until you really know where to stop on the closing of the mouth so you don’t get the sound.
Also the mouth should open and close with every syllable of every word. This will give you the illusion that your figure is in fact talking.
I am no ventriloquist by any means but these small tips will certainly help you become a much better one.
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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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