Santa Monica Puppetry Festival Update

Steve Meltzer sent me an update about the Santa Monica Puppetry Festival.

Click here to see the latest update.


Thanks, Steve for keeping us updating about your festival.



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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2 Responses to Santa Monica Puppetry Festival Update

  1. Lee Dean says:

    Steve Meltzer does reeally great work in the video more recently provided, very creative and original.

  2. Lee Dean says:

    An idea for future blog: When I look at Marshall’s catalog of ventriloquial figures, and other types of puppets offered, it occurs to me that puppetry in general has a strong connection with pantomime of ancient Greece. I say this because the cast of characters in traditional pantomine is so similar as to that used in punch and judy, and really vent is actually mimetic sound with pantomime movement of puppet in sync when used. It may well be that vent “dummy” as we know it comes from the dumb-shows of mime, and, if so, “dummy” takes on great, historical significance. See, Wikipedia.

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