Charlie McCarthy at Ventriloquist Central Collection

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Ken Shapiro and Dan Willinger

I celebrated my birthday this year at the Vent Haven ConVENTion and one of my good friends there presented me with a wonderful gift. Ken Shapiro, one of the last writers for Edgar Bergen, he actually donated a script to the museum this year, surprised me with a wonderful caricature of Charlie McCarthy.

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Now you all know that Charlie McCarthy, which was carved by Bob Isaacson, sits in my den apart from all other figures. And this great gift will be in the den also.

Ken did not know who drew this and neither do I but it is wonderful and I love it. Thanks for the great b’day gift Ken.



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:

Copyright 2012 by Dan Willinger

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3 Responses to Charlie McCarthy at Ventriloquist Central Collection

  1. Mike Palma says:

    That should be on your vent central shirts!!!

  2. George Boosey says:

    The one eye looks a lot like the CBS logo and, of course, Bergen’s show was on CBS Radio.

  3. Sammy King says:

    Ken Shapiro is a class guy. And VERY funny.

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