Plagiarism It Hurts

Plagiarism is one thing that really urks me. I have often wondered how people can take someone else’s words and pass them off as their own. We have seen this repeatedly in ventriloquism with stealing of jokes and routines. Johnny Main, rest his soul, performed at the Vent Haven convention and the next year others were doing his schtik so he never performed on stage there again.

I myself was pleasantly surprised to find I had been plagiarized today buy someone selling a figure on ebay. He actually took my add copy for a ventriloquist figure I am selling and used it to describe his own figure. I did in fact email to let him know it upset me but I am sure he will leave it up.

I just found this interesting and thought I would share my thoughts with everyone.



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 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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3 Responses to Plagiarism It Hurts

  1. bob abdou says:

    Hey Dan

    yeah, it does hurt and I am sorry somebody ripped you off, especially you who really cares for the vent community. Knowing Johnny Main for 18 years, he only got really serious on me once and once is all it took. He told me straight in the eye that he better not see me do any of his material PERIOD.
    I got the message, and let that message also be known to the vent community. just don’t do it.

    bob abdou

  2. Lee Dean says:

    Ideas for future blogs: What was a standard professional size Marshall figure (was it not 42″ and all figure heights multiples of two, all even not odd numbers, starting with the 18″ Bob King’s Tiny, then up to the 30″ and 32″ such as Clifford Guest’s Junior, the 34″ Rickie Tik as advertised, from 36″ on up to the walkers around 50″ and although Marshall catalog does not give heights other than 30″, 36″ and 42″)and why did Marshall use the very large “bobs” eyeballs (was it not to have a flatter plane and avoid protruding eyes)?

  3. Mike Robinson says:

    As the late Rodney Dangerfield used to say, “When someone steals your jokes, it’s like they hit your kids”.

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