Guest Blog – Pastor Scott Bryte


My lovely wife and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer, and decided to commemorate that great and joyful milestone by taking our grown son and daughter and our son’s fiancee’ on a cruise to Bermuda.

As soon as we figured out the we would be taking a cruise that sailed out of Boston, I called Dan Willinger who graciously invited us to visit Ventriloquist Central.

I wouldn’t want to get into trouble with my family by saying that a billiard room filled with 150 painted wooden faces was the highlight of my vacation. Maybe I should only say that is was A highlight (a major highlight)..

It was a humbling experince as a dummy carver to be surrounded by the masterful work of Theodore and Charles Mack, Frank Marshall, the legendary McElroy brothers, Gilmer, Guyll, Insull, Isaacson, Hamilton, Brown, Spencer and so many others.

I felt like I was in the Louvre with all the ropes down. It was a treat beyond describing to be able to handle a McElroy, look inside wooden heads to see mechanics from breath-takingly simple to the staggeringly complex, and to examine minutely the brilliant knife work on some unfinished Frank Marshall marionettes!

My deepest thanks to Dan and Helen for their generous hospitality, and to their magician son Jason for his amazing up-close slight-of-hand card demonstration.

Scott Bryte



Scott, it was out pleasure.




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:

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