I’m sure everyone who reads this blog knows about ventriloquist Taylor Mason. According to his website and Facebook, he is a very busy performer.
A couple of years ago, Taylor had a book published, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ventriloquism.” Since I’m only an enthusiast of ventriloquism and love the art, my partner Steve (who is a ventriloquist) thought he would do a review of Taylor’s book.
Now you may be asking yourself, why are you doing a review of his book two years later? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog for the answer to that question.
Here’s Steve’s review:
This past weekend I pulled out my copy of Taylor’s book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ventriloquism” so I could write up this review. It was great to go back through the book and re-read this great informational source on being a ventriloquist.
I had the pleasure of meeting Taylor back at the 1997 Vegas Ventriloquist Convention and at that time I remember seeing him quite a bit on A&E’s Evening at the Improv. Now when I say I met him, I guess it would be better to say we bumped into each other in the dealer’s room, but he was a great guy and we talked for a few minutes.
Now back to the book. I have to respectfully say that this book is mis-titled. I’m sure Taylor had nothing to do with that, this would have probably been the publisher’s decision, but it really should be called “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to BE a VENTRILOQUIST”!!!
This book has so much more than just learning ventriloquism. In fact, the book is broken down into five parts:
- Ventriloquism Basics
- Talking Without Lip Movement
- Working With the Ventriloquist Figure
- Creating Material
- Ready for Prime Time
This book has almost 300 pages and the “Creating Material” starts on page 113. In my view that’s where the “meat” of this book starts. Not to take away from earlier chapters (because they are essential)….but to me, this book is the most comprehensive book on being a ventriloquist that has ever been written. It takes you from starting out, all the way to writing and performing.
When the book came out Clinton Detweiler stated, “If the publisher, Alpha books, does the proper job of marketing and distribution of Taylor’s book, I predict it will prove to be to the next generation of ventriloquists what Paul Winchell’s Ventriloquism For Fun & Profit was to mine.” Being one of those that grew up with Winchell’s book, I have to agree wholeheartedly.
If you don’t own this book…..shame on you! This should be on every ventriloquist’s book shelf.
Thanks, Steve and if you don’t have Taylor’s book, you can click the link below to get it. Also, don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s blog to the reason for this review.
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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