Searching for Frank Marshall Ventriloquist Figure Part 4

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Donny O’Day and Bob Isaacson

If you missed part three, click here

Wow how exciting was this past ConVENTion. One of my favorite ventriloquists of all time being honored and the seeing my pal Bob Isaacson do such a great tribute.

Well the next morning at breakfast Bob said to me “Hey Dan I want you to come to my room at 10:30” I said sure no problem. So at 10:30 I went with Bob to his room. He opened the door and we walked in.

There sitting in a chair was Donny O’Day. I told Bob he was just a great Marshall figure. Bob started to chuckle and then asked me if I recognized him. I said,”No why would I recognize him?” Bob started to laugh again as he told me the story about this being the figure that I had been outbid on on eBay.

I had no clue and Bob had kept the secret from me about his purchasing the figure from the winner. Bob told me about his repaint to make him look correct and how he only bought him because he wanted to do the tribute performance for Jimmy Nelson.

Then he told me he wanted the figure to be in the Ventriloquist Central Collection.

Now I was shaking. I was going to have Donny O’Day in the Ventriloquist Central Collection. WOW WOW WOW. We chatted a few more minutes about price and I actually paid more for him than Bob wanted. He deserved it and I was overwhelmed.

So to conclude this story the tribute celebration for Jimmy Nelson was the greatest ConVENTion ever for this collector of ventriloquist figures. And I have found the holy grail of Frank Marshall figures Donny O’Day!!!

Thanks Mr Bob Isaacson

Stay tuned to see pictures of Donny O’Day in the Ventriloquist Central Collection



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:

Copyright 2011 by Dan Willinger

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5 Responses to Searching for Frank Marshall Ventriloquist Figure Part 4

  1. bob isaacson says:

    I thank you Dan for putting Jimmy Nelson’s Tribute…”Donny” O’Day in the Ventriloquist Central Collection. “Donny” is now there with many very special figures, a place of honor. Thanks again, Bob

  2. Wanlu says:

    Now that’s a GREAT ending!!!

  3. Philip Grecian says:

    That is so cool.

  4. John Robinson says:

    Warmest congrats, Dan!

  5. Congrats Dan, Your collection and website are priceless to Vents everywhere.

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