Talking with another collector I was asked if all functions of a human have been done on a ventriloquist figure. I had to laugh because the answer is very close to saying yes. Even bodily functions have been done with ventriloquist figures.
I can make a list of functions that I personally have seen which are:
Mouth, upper lip, lower lip, stick out tongue, wiggle tongue, whistling lips, moving eyes, side to side, up and down, crossing, pop out, light up eyes, blinking eye lids, winking eye lids individually, eyelids that follow the movement of the eyes, raising eyebrows lowering eyebrows, individual or both together, wiggling ears, smoke out the ears, flip up wig, hat flipper, smoke out the mouth, smoke out the nose, light up nose, wiggle nose, crying effect, spitting effect, rocking clavicle for the head to look down while the body is in upright position, shrugging shoulders, hand shaker, crossing leg, walking legs, crossing legs, fall off arms, fall off legs, fall off body, fall off head. As I said these are movements that I have seen.
I have been told that there was a blue performer in the 1950’s that had a Frank Marshall figure that had a working “member” and it functioned with a rubber bladder. There was also a female figure that lowered the top of her dress to reveal her bosoms.
So can you think of any other functions that could be achieved or that I have missed?
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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