Humidity and the Ventriloquist Figure


If you keep ventriloquist figures on display I have wondered about humidity levels and where they should be kept. I think about this because for the most part the figures in the Ventriloquist Central Collection are wood and with the changes in the seasons there is movement of wood. Movement being expansion and contraction of the wood.

I have had Jazz guitars almost all my adult life and during the winter months I have used a humidifier to help keep the wood from moving and causing cracks. It seems to have worked because I myself have never had any of my guitars crack. I have seen many that have had a cracking problem so I thought the humidifier was the best way to go.

Now that there are so many figures in the Ventriloquist Central Collection I have again begun to wonder about cracking. Most of the figures in the collection are of significant age and therefore movement of the wood should have already taken place if it was going to happen. I check the figures frequently, each one individually, to make sure that the mouth movements are smooth and to day I have not found any problems. So I guess the humidifiers going during the cold season works.

Figures that are made of cast material will also move with the change of temperature and PLEASE never put your figure into the trunk of your car during the summer months. The heat is like an oven and will surely cause deformations and may even melt your figures.



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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