McElroy Cradle Follow Up

It is amazing but I have been asked many question about the McElroy Cradle so I will divulge the whole story since this is in the past about 10 years. My great friend ( who I miss terribly) Ray Guyll and I decided to produce a McElroy figure which we were going to sell as a Ventriloquist Central Exclusive.

We also brought in the great Bill Nelson to work on this project too. The three of us flew to Las Vegas and had a business meeting to firm up the deal.

We commissioned someone, who will remain nameless, to sculpt a special head for us. We sent out hundreds of dollars for the sculpt but this artist never did the job and from there it kind of fizzled out.

In the process I took an original McElroy cradle to a machine shop and had them make it identical to the original as made by the Brothers.It is made of steel and the only thing I did not do is paint the cradle.

It would take you many hours and lots of specialized tools to create this cradle to the exacting specs like I did but were going to be very fussy with this project hence the minute details.

Anyway since the project didn’t go I can now offer the cradle for sale. I do hope someone grabs it and makes good use in a terrific ventriloquist figure.


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Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to:

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