Mystery Ventriloquist

Can you guess this mystery ventriloquist?





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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6 Responses to Mystery Ventriloquist

  1. Bob Isaacson says:

    Good morning Dan…Good photo of, I believe, Felipe Moreno, senor Wences’ brother.

  2. nick dosher says:

    thats an easy one senor wences

  3. Marcelo Melison says:

    Nick, you are not right, but you are quite close… This is not Wences but his brother, Felipe Moreno, with his “Loro (parrot) Kike”… Like Wences, Felipe was a bullfighter before becoming a ventriloquist and juggler… As a matter of fact, they were copying each other’s acts through all their lives… Felipe used a “Johnny” type of puppet too, called “Ciriaquito”. Both brothers were doing basically the same stuff. Felipe was a great painter, I saw many of his clown portraits and they are really good. He was a musician too, playing his guitar for his own entertainment. While Wences was working in USA and Europe, Felipe preferred to perform mostly in Spain. There is a lot of information about him in the lovely spanish book “Un mes con el circo” (“One month with the circus”) from 1955.

  4. nick dosher says:

    thanks they sure look alike

  5. Bill Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I noticed a LOT of similarity between this puppet & Senor Wences’ chicken puppet “Cecilia”. Senor made all his own puppets, so, maybe he made this for his brother. I am friends with Senor Wences’ granddaughter {a wonderful person!}, & she informed me that Senor was NOT a matador as has been so often claimed. As for them doing the same act, that’s no different than Houdini did. He supplied his brother “Hardeen” with a copy of his act also. Senor’s nephew Louis Moreno is also a vent, & has some videos on youtube. they are in Spanish, so I don’t understand the words, but the entertainment still comes through!

  6. LeeDean says:

    Jose Luis Moreno, Senor’s nephew, believe Felipe’s son, excellent vent with wide voice range.

    For crow, Rockefeller, very low see

    For boy, Monchito, very high voice, see

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