Our good friend from the Philippines, Ony Carcamo, sent in this nice story about his Frank Marshall Figure!
My Marshall Story
by Ony Carcamo
Since doing ventriloquism two decades ago, I’ve always dreamed of owning and using a Frank Marshall figure. Just like many vents of this and the past generations, I love the look of a Marshall. It is beautiful, classic, and truly represents the look of a vent figure as we know it.
I have owned a Mack, a Selberg, a Hartz, a Lovik, a Boley, a Turner, a Spencer, a Detweiler, a McRay… and only a Marshall will complete my dream cast!
But as everyone knows, acquiring a Marshall was not easy. First, I was in the Philippines, a galaxy away from the USA, where almost all of Marshall’s figures were. Second, it was so rare to see one on sale, because owners usually don’t want to part with their Marshalls. And third, I didn’t have the money.
Of all of Marshall’s creations, I loved the Rickie Tik. I loved it more than the Nosey. I thought Tik’s face and size was perfect for my audiences, especially the small kids. So I longed for a Tik, even if it seemed impossible because I didn’t see that many Tiks around.
But I believed in miracles. I believed in “The Secret.” I believed that if I visualize myself using a Marshall it will come true one day.
In 2010, something helped me visualize that dream better. I saw an exact Rickie Tik replica in ebay, and I grabbed it fast. I used it in my shows, each time visualizing that I was holding a real one. I already played in my mind that I am using a true Tik.
And then it happened this year. I finally got an original Marshall Rickie Tik now and I have been using him already in my performances. He has side-to-side eye movements, right winker, slot jaw, and wooden legs! I named him Kulas, a Filipino nickname.
When I received him, I was transported back in time when I first saw pictures of Jerry Mahoney, Gerry Gee, and Danny O’Day in the pages of the old Newsy Vents issues 20 years ago and dreamed of owning a Marshall someday. I felt again that excitement of a child opening his Christmas gift. A bit surreal.
Looking back now, I find it interesting and unusual that I owned a replica of a figure I liked first BEFORE owning an original one. Typically, vents own the original figure they want first and then own a replica of that figure (like Bergen, Winchell, etc.).
Kulas reminds me that dreams do come true. That realizing our dreams always starts with that longing in our heart, and with that picture in our mind that gives us a feeling of excitement and hope.
So what’s next for me? Maybe find a McElroy replica! Who knows? LOL
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Manila, fellow vents, fellow dreamers!
Ony Carcamo, Ventriloquist
Kulas with Ony in one of their recent performances
Ony, thanks so much for sharing with us.
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 2012 by Dan Willinger
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