Christmas Contest for a Free Puppet

Our good friends Steve and JET from The Dummy Shoppe are having a contest to give away a FREE puppet. Here’s the info from them:

One of the things that we like to do is to stimulate folks creativity. So we have come up with a contest that is open to anyone in the Ventriloquist community. Here is how it works.

We are going to provide a list of six words. Each entry MUST use all the words (or short phrases) in the list at least once. Any one of the words may be used multiple times. All entries must be submitted by Monday, December 24, 2012. We will select two entries from all the entries as finalists. We will then publish the two finalists and the winner will be selected by a vote of all our Email Newsletter readers. At that time, the winner will be announced, and then JET will create a puppet based on the winning story which will be shipped to the winner of the contest. Cost of shipping will be paid by the winner as the only expense for winning.

In order to be considered as a valid entry, all the words must be used in a creative short story with a maximum of 500 words. The purpose of this is to help people with their writing skills. With very little effort, a short story can then be converted to a dialogue that can be used as part of your act. The better each of us becomes at our writing skills, the better acts are out in the Vent community and the better the whole Vent world is from the standpoint of good showmanship.

All entries become the property of The Dummy Shoppe. All entries must be emailed to There is no cash value to the winner, but we estimate the value of the winners puppet to be between $350.00 and $400.00. Entries may be humorous or serious and family oriented. In order for an entry to be considered as a finalist, it can contain no cursing or profanity nor can it contain distasteful themes. Everyone has an equal chance to win, and by merely participating you win by sharpening your skills at writing.

As long as there is a minimum of two entries to become finalists, the prize will be awarded.

Here is the list of words each entry MUST contain.

1.) Blue Neck Tie

2.) Duct Tape

3.) Park

4.) Foot

5.) Slimy

6.) Wings

Now get out your pencil and paper and get writing. In order to be able to follow the results and vote on the winner, you must have signed up for our email newsletter. If you are not already signed up, go to or and sign up.

Have fun. We can’t wait to see what each of you comes up with.

Steve and JET


There you have it… sure to sign up to send in your entry and sign up for their email newsletter!


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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:

Copyright 2012 by Dan Willinger

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