Ventriloquist Figure Video Collecting Series – A Brian Hamilton Wood Carved Figure

Brian Hamilton was a flash in the pan so to speak, as far as figure makers are concerned. He started at the age of 14 and at 15 he was making carved wood figures in the Marshall style. Unfortunately passed away at the early age of 28 on April 10, 1988. He was such an accomplished builder that he actually acquired all of Frank Marshall’s tools to do his work.

He carved heads out of wood and then went on to build figures out of Fiberglass. The McElroy brothers George & Glen took Brian under their wing and taught him a lot of their techniques in building figures and he made some very fine McElroy style figures of which there is less than a handful known. He also did repair work too. We can wonder what would have been had he still been alive and building today.

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Click here to see some of Brian Hamilton’s ventriloquist figures



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 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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One Response to Ventriloquist Figure Video Collecting Series – A Brian Hamilton Wood Carved Figure

  1. Larry Harris says:


    This was an interesting article. One point though. Didn’t Brian Hamilton die in 1978? I may be wrong. I understand that he was one of the first people to succumb to the AIDS virus, but I may be wrong.

    At any rate, he was an amazing talent and his work had such detail.


    Larry Harris

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