Howie Olson’s Skinny Dugan Ventriloquist Figure

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I am so pleased to let everyone know that Clinton Detweiler decided that the Skinny Dugan figure, which was crafted by Howie Olson, and was part of his collection is now a member of the Ventriloquist Central Collection. Clinton and Mr Olson were to sell these figures but according to Clinton’s blog not many were sold and Clinton liked this as a display and never sold it. (click here to see Clinton’s blog)

I am very surprised as to the close likeness that Howie came to the original Skinny. Madeline Maher sold a figure she said was a Skinny Dugan and it was not even close. I am sure if she had seen this rendition she would have loved it.

Now it is still a Howie Olson figure so it is on the cruder side. I believe the head was cast in Permatone. And he has some great functions. Side to side self centering eyes. raising eyebrows ( done like Frank Marshall did them and not windshield wiper), winkers, blinkers and of course slot jaw. The levers are all wood levers in the paddle style, Skinny is still dressed in his original 1970’s clothing.

I am very happy this RARE figure is now part of the Ventriloquist Central Collection.

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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:

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2 Responses to Howie Olson’s Skinny Dugan Ventriloquist Figure

  1. Bob Isaacson says:

    Howie did a great job, making a look-a-like Skinny Dugan. It’s not a McElroy, but it looks fine & has all the necessary movements to be a Skinny Dugan. A nice addition to the collection !

  2. Tim says:

    How do you think Howard Olson’s craftsmanship compared to that of other figuremakers’?

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