One of the most often asked question of me is where someone can purchase a McElroy ventriloquist figure. I hate to give out the real answer but in reality there is no place at present time where you can purchase an original McElroy figure. They are all presently in the hands of just a few and to my knowledge none are for sale at the present time.
I will give a listing of the owners of McElroy figures to the best of my knowledge and please if I make a mistake or leave one out, let me know and I will certainly make the correction.
Alan Ende has Linoleum and a Troll figure. Magician David Copperfield has two Sally Ann and Reggie Trickpuss.
Andy Gross has a Johnny and so does David Pendleton and they both use them in performance.
Johnny Gauhn a restorer of automata and builder of magic illusions also owns a Johnny.
Bruce and Janice McElroy (family of the brothers) own a Johnny and Kong (marionette).
Bob Isaacson also has a Kong marionette.
Jeff Dunham owns five consisting of Ollie/Ezry,Skinny Dugan, a Troll, Dudley and the Umpire(life size animatronic figure).
Figure builder Tim Selberg has Reggie II in his collection.
The Vent Haven Museum owns, Jacko, Cecill Wigglenose, Johnny, Troll #1 (Clyde), Troll #2. Troll #3 (Willie Talk), Kenny Talk, Little Joe, Ditty Talk for a total of nine figures.
To my knowledge these are all the known McElroy figures and unless you find one hidden away in some closet I don’t think you will find one.
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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2012 by Dan Willinger
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