This topic has been hashed over many times on many discussion sites but I actually got an email from a relative new comer to the vent world and of course he wanted to know which was best a wooden figure or a Fiberglass figure. I had to laugh when I saw him ask about fiberglass because it seems that that is one of the materials that has really gone to the wayside with the many resins that are now available to produce the cast heads.
Now as everyone knows I myself love wood figures, and it especially tickles my funny bone when I see ventriloquists using a cast figure and talk about it as being wood or their wooden friend. I will mention no names but it is rampant. Why on earth would they not use a real wooden figure before saying those things? Your guess is a good as mine.
There is nothing wrong with cast figures and they certainly have a place in the market and actually more so than wood because there are so few makers doing wood today.
I did in fact tell this fellow what I always say. Find your character first. Make sure you know the characters personality and you can do the voice and once you have this down you can go and find the figure that fills the bill and it really doesn’t make any difference what it is constructed from. It can be wood or resin or even a sock as long as it has the character and voice.
What are your thoughts?
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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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