A New Vent Uses a Detweiler Figure from the Ventriloquist Central Collection


This was sent to Clinton and me by my good friend George Boosey. This is such a nice story I wanted to share it with everyone:

Here is a story that should interest both of you since, in a way, both of you were involved in getting a new young ventriloquist ready for his student debut.

My brother Fred Boosey is a drama teacher at an arts magnet high school in Little Rock and has been honored as teacher of the year and even won some international honors of his drama teaching. For years, he has had a mime troupe, which has performed not only all over Arkansas but around the country.

In recent years, he has expanded his student troupe to include unicycle riders and ball walkers and other variety arts so it seemed to me that it was a natural to move next into ventriloquism. I gave him a Clinton Detweiler figure, which I had purchased from Dan Willinger to be a backup to my main cheeky boy character, Oscar. Oscar, as both of you know, is a Marshall figure originally carved for our friend, Peter Rich.

I also gave Fred the Maher course booklets from the 1980s and a few other books on ventriloquism and script writing and he found a student who was interested in the art and who will make his debut in the high school production of Annie, playing a ventriloquist on the radio.

Introducing Jamison Grandy, a new young ventriloquist and student at Little Rock’s Parkview High School.

— George..

George, thanks so much for sharing this with us.



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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3 Responses to A New Vent Uses a Detweiler Figure from the Ventriloquist Central Collection

  1. Nick Carpenter says:

    Any VENTriloquist that wants to add a theatre credit to their resume could and should audition for any area community theatre production of ‘Annie’.
    The role of Fred McCracken (the VENTriloquist) and Wacky (the dummy)
    appear in Act Two , Scene One of ‘Annie’…
    I was offered the role(s) of Fred McCracken and Wacky without an audition
    because the director was also my my IMPROV and ACTing teacher and had
    directed me in several plays.
    The character of Fred had one speaking cue and Wacky had six speaking cues.
    I could have read all the lines from pages of the script placed upon a music stand
    but chose to memorize the lines instead…
    By the way , I used my Conrad Hartz ‘almost Jerry’ figure as ‘Wacky’..
    This would be a relatively easy way to get a theatre credit due to a minimal rehearsal period and several weekends of performances ..

  2. LeeDean says:

    Very nice Detweiler figure, and love the eyes.

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