A Manipulation Idea

You know there is much discussion all the time about what makes a good ventriloquist. In my opinion you need three things to be a good ventriloquist which are lip control, manipulation and dialogue and two of those things take much practice.

Lip control can take you many many months of practice to become proficient and Manipulation of the vent figure can also be very hard to accomplish. The dialogue needs not near as much practice because it is more memorization of the content. Not that it isn’t hard but I think the first two are much more difficult.

Here is an idea that you could do to help you learn how to manipulate a vent figure so that it looks like it is alive. At a family gathering if there is a young child, ask the child to sit on your knee and then ask some questions and watch the movement of the child while the child is sitting on your knee.

You will certainly see that the child will not just sit still but will in fact move around. Take notice of the movements of the child and try to replicate them with your figure. I think this is a great idea and wanted to share it with all my readers.

I wish I could take credit for this but it is actually an idea that Steve Axtell had.

What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below.


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One Response to A Manipulation Idea

  1. Bob Conrad says:

    That is a great idea , if your figure is a young child. However if he is an old man, or an animal, say a monkey, it may not work. It is best to observe the movement of what your figure is supposed to be and learn to copy those movements . A perfect example would be Dan Horn and Orvile, Dan nails it. Jay Johnson’s monkey Darwin is perfect. Studying the movements of animals, or the type of character your figure represents is the answer, and if can get them to sit on your knee, all the better.

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