Austin Phillips Visits Ventriloquist Central Collection

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It was my great pleasure this past Friday evening to have an up and coming ventriloquist and vent figure builder Austin Phillips come and visit. It is actually the second time Austin has been here because he was one of the attendees to the first Ventriloquist Central Birthday Bash.

Since the last time Austin was here he has completed his first carved basswood ventriloquist figure, which I must tell you is really very nice for a first attempt at carving wood. His cheeky boy figure has side to side moving eyes winkers, blinkers and of course slot jaw. He stands about 44″ tall and I love the cute face Austin gave him.

We had a great evening together looking at the Ventriloquist Central Collection and Austin was a perfect guest. He asked if he could handle and I of course said yes. I love to show the collection off.

Remember if you are going to be in the Boston area let me know and you to can come over for a look see.


Have you signed up for the Ventriloquist Central Birthday Bash?


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:

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5 Responses to Austin Phillips Visits Ventriloquist Central Collection

  1. Is the figure Austin is holding in the picture the figure he carved and built himself?
    If so I am very impressed!
    Excellent job Austin !

  2. Dennis Hall says:

    I agree with James.Very nice!

  3. Dan says:

    James yes that is the figure he carved and mechanised himself. A really nice job!!

  4. Austin Phillips says:

    Thanks guys! Really means a lot! Thanks for the post Dan, I’ll try not to look so crazy next time I get a picture taken! Haha

  5. Ben and MJ says:

    Very impressive Austin. We really do need more quality builders in our world.

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