Back weeks ago our good friend Marcelo Melison sent in a great story about a Spanish Ventriloquist named Francisco Sanz. This great story was accompanied by some wonderful pictures of the walking figure he used which was made to life like extremes.
We have so much information that comes in to us here at Ventriloquist Central that I just can’t always post as soon as we receive it but I know all you readers are going to enjoy seeing what Marcelo sent in to us for you all to see.
I’m sharing something with you, it can even interest the readers of your blog.There was a famous spanish ventriloquist named Francisco Sanz. I knew about him because in my research on ventriloquism history in Argentina I found out that about one hundred years ago he visited the variety stages of my country. In his time, he was the greatest, very famous and popular, he even made some records with his different characters. The thing is that last year his family donated some of his figures to a puppet museum in Spain, and they were restoring them for exhibition. Here are some photos of that process. Remember that at that time, european ventriloquists were looking for “the perfect dummy”, as realistic as possible. The heads are more or less the standard type, but the body is really amazing… Most of these figures were standing and walking ones, and the incredible thing is the steel spring coil joining the upper torso to the hip section, I’m assuming the figure was able to move his shoulder section up and down, front and back… A very interesting animation, don’t you think?
Best wishes from Marcelo Melison.
Thanks Marcelo for sending in this great information and please keep it coming.
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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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The latest is not necessarily the best and I appreciate the old style mannequin figures.
Fantastic pictures, I think the craftmanship is truly remarkable and how it has stood the test of time. Super Duper Dan, thanks for sharing as always.