Ventriloquist Figure Maker, Ray Guyll and the Cherchers

The Cherchers – Ray Guyll has the saxophone

Ventriloquist figure maker Ray Guyll is a man of many talents. Most know him for his great skill at building and restoring ventriloquist figures. As you know he’s restored quite a few figures for the Ventriloquist Central Collection and I’ve always been pleased with his work. In fact, Ray’s even done restoration work for Vent Haven.

In 2006 at the Vent Haven ConVENTion, Ray introduced me to Steve, the webmaster, and Ray was instrumental in helping us come up with ideas that led up to Ventriloquist Central.

Ray’s other talent is music. He’s a very accomplished musician and teaches music. Yesterday, there was a great article about Ray and the band he was with back in the late 50’s early 60’s called the Cherchers. The picture above is Ray with that band (thanks Steve for providing the picture).

Click here to see article about Ray Guyll and the Cherchers


If you’d like to see more about Ray, check out Steve’s articles, “Saturdays With Ray Guyll”.

Click here to see Saturdays with Ray Guyll




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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4 Responses to Ventriloquist Figure Maker, Ray Guyll and the Cherchers

  1. Bill Smith says:

    That was a great article & photos! Sorry about the loss of your dear friend, Mr. Guyll. Glad to see you had the chance to meet again & store up fond memories that will help you through the loss.

  2. LeeDean says:

    And with The Toggeries in later years, and saw on internet played some with some famous rock band can’t think of its name.

  3. LeeDean says:

    I did some of that, but did not sell a single record.

  4. LeeDean says:

    Unlike Bruce Channel who did for Manco Records and ended up on Lennon’s alltime favorites personal tape machine.

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