Bob Isaacson My Mentor

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Over the past decade I am happy to say one person in particular has been by my side as I have collected ventriloquist figures and that is Bob Isaacson. I have always been able to ask him any question I have ever had about an antique figure and he has always been there with the answer for me.

I happened to see that my friend Bob Abdou had posted a great shot of Bob Isaacson with Speedy Wheeler (his Frank Marshall Masterpiece) and Tillie Tinkle (carved by Bob himself ) and just loved seeing it.

Both the photo and article are owned by Bob Abdou aka Mr. Puppet. Plus, he also owns Miss Tillie Tinkle and performs with her.

Here’s a video of Bob using Miss Tillie Tinkle performing his tribute routine to Edgar Bergen and Effie Klinker.

The pics were posted on Mr. Puppet’s Fan Page on Facebook and he said we could share them.

So, I had to share with everyone.


Have you seen the Frank Marshall Tribute DVD, click here


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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3 Responses to Bob Isaacson My Mentor

  1. bob abdou says:

    my wife, June got to finally meet Bob when we traveled through Chicago in september, last month and had a wonderful time. When we got into the car to leave, she turned to me and said what a wonderful man. I inspire to be like him and others. that includes you too Dan Willinger!!

  2. Bob Isaacson says:

    Nice to see Tillie in action, after so many years. I was glad that Bob Abdou decided to put Tillie in his act. She first performed with me in 1964 & several more years. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Bob’s wife June this past summer. She is a wonderful , kind, gracious lady. Thanks Dan for posting this blog regarding my old friend
    Miss Tillie Tinkle. And also your very kind comments about me.

  3. LeeDean says:

    Fantastic. I know that Bob, as figure maker, gave his friend, Frank Marshall some good ideas and company, and that Mr. Puppet is proud to have his same first name. A very fine figure, and performance.

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