Frank Marshall Ventriloquist Figures


I received an email the other day asking me why I like Frank Marshall ventriloquist figures so much. As a dealer of antiques for most of my life this is not hard to explain.

When you buy and sell you always strive to purchase better and better items because the value increases. You can purchase items that cost $10.00 add a 20% profit and sell it for $12.00. Then you purchase and item for $100.00 add the same 20% and sell it for $112.00 and so forth and so on up the price ladder. Of course as you find more expensive and better items the price and profit increases.

When I finally purchased my first Marshall ventriloquist figure I was thrilled with the quality that he put into his figure so I decided I would keep him and went searching for another to be able to sell. Much to my surprise when I purchased the second Marshall again I loved him and was unable to part with him.

This continually happened with each succeeding Marshall purchase. I finally realized that as far as Frank Marshall figures are concerned I am a true collector and not a dealer. I just can’t part with any of the Marshall figures I have purchased.

I have discovered that every one of Marshall’s ventriloquist figures has a mystique about them. They each have a unique personality and they all are lovingly created by a man who was able to give birth to an inanimate object that just breathed life.

I love Marshall’s work and I don’t think I will ever be able to part with any of the ones that have become part of the Ventriloquist Central Collection.

Remember I am always looking for more because you never can have enough!!!


Have you seen the Frank Marshall Tribute DVD, click here


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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One Response to Frank Marshall Ventriloquist Figures

  1. LeeDean says:

    I had a dream yesterday afternoon sitting in a rocking chair in my room. Frank Marshall paid me a visit or my vent figure a visit in my dream. He approached from the right and began operating the figure. He did this for a very short while, then sat down on a bench not far away, looked away and started singing quietly. He never spoke to me, only the figure. He was/is a very good singer.

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