Ray Guyll who was one of my very best friends always said he was going to produce a ventriloquist figure which we would sell through Ventriloquist Central. Alas that day never came to pass.
Ray produced some great characters and this one was one of my favorite ones. After his passing Austin Phillips who met Ray at the Ventriloquist Central Birthday Bash became fast friends with Ray and is carrying on with this figure.
The castings head, hands and body are all from Ray and Austin has mechanized same and done the painting in the style taught to him by the master. The end result is this great figure. I am pleased to now have him here with me in CA.
I know Ray is watching down and patting Austin on his back for a job well done. So am I !!
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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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Great figure ! The paint job is amazing!
This is Corky, the stock figure that Ray and I started a number of years ago. He created the face and I sculpted the hair. It was our intention to put a decent figure out with an affordable price. Corky is very near and dear to my heart and we chose to have Austin complete the figures we had already started because we trusted in his craftsmanship. This was a decision Ray and I came to when we learned his cancer was terminal.
Thank you for the post. I’m very grateful, and privilidged being able to continue on with Ray and Barbaras great work. Very fortunate to have known and learned from Ray, and am equalliy as fortunate to be very close with Barbara having her as a wonderful mentor, and a great friend to go to the Olive Garden with!