Shorty Harris Joins the Ventriloquist Central Collection

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The past two Sundays we posted videos of Terri Rogers performing with her pal Shorty Harris. Terri was a big star back in the 1960’s and 70’s in England and was a man playing a woman but eventually did undergo surgery to become a woman. Her figure Shorty Harris is an Insull female cheeky figure. I found this to be great. Think about this. Male ventriloquist dressed as a female talking with female voice. Female figure dressed as a boy speaking with a male voice. Man the innuendo was outrageous.

This happens to be Terri’s back up head of Shorty Harris and he’s now in the Ventriloquist Central Collection. Terri used his mouth and raising eyebrows and did not use much else as movements although the figure had more functions. In fact except for not having the wiggling ears Shorty is a loaded figure with lower lip, upper lip, side moving self centering eyes, winkers, blinkers and raising eyebrows.

The body for Shorty Harris was not original. In fact Terry had stiff legs so that he could stand on a platform next to her. If you watch the videos you will see that all the movement of Shorty is done with his head. The hands on the figure were mannequin hands. Terri made him still look very much alive with this method. It could be done this way because the Insull heads were drop through and not ball and socket.

I am so pleased that Shorty has become part of the Ventriloquist Central Collection and I hope you like seeing him too.

Make sure you watch the videos of Terri Rogers. She really was one of the best ventriloquists and was very funny.

Click here to see Shorty Harris


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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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2 Responses to Shorty Harris Joins the Ventriloquist Central Collection

  1. Dave Showler says:

    Terri allowed me to manipulate Shorty on a video shoot we were on together, at that time shorty had a pole down one leg!!

  2. Lee Dean says:

    Shorty, the longy. I would never have thought of doing it that way, by a long neck pole or extender, with string, lever and all. That would be some trick, and Terri was a magician, by taking the head off in front of her audience, but like the Energizer bunny his head kept on going or coming out of his drop through body.

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