Bob Isaacson and Charlie McCarthy


Bob Isaacson sent this collection of great information to me. It’s so good, I decided to put it in the “Tribute” section of Ventriloquist Central.

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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:

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4 Responses to Bob Isaacson and Charlie McCarthy

  1. LeeDean says:

    It is clear to me now that you are an original wood sculptor in your own right. Your gas videos clearly show fine ventriloquial technique, and now this article and photos show Orville Sweet no fluke. Anybody that can reproduce and combine the various Charlies into one, like you did, and the Mortimer reproduction so good, can do more originals like Orville Sweet. Please create more fine figures.

  2. Bob Conrad says:

    Great article, and beautiful figures of Charlie and Mortimer. Hopefully the museum will reopen and the original figures will see the light of day again.

  3. George Boosey says:

    Great story! Bob, I remember visiting the Museum of Broadcasting in Chicago and seeing the display with Charlie, Effie and Mortimer many years ago. It was fun to see them, just like seeing Charlie and Jerry Mahoney at the Smithsonian in Washington. It would be fun to see you do your Bergen and McCarthy show at a future ConVention.

  4. bill smith says:

    Mr. Isaacson,

    Thank you for that AMAZING story!!!! & what a WONDERFUL job you did making Charlie & Mortimer!! If you had said they were originals, I would have TOTALLY believed you!!!! GREAT JOB!!!! Happy New Year!!

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