The Cloths Make The Ventriloquist Figure

dapper charlie mccarthy

It has always been said that cloths make the man. Well I also believe that cloths make the ventriloquist character as well.

This was clearly evident in how Edgar Bergen dressed Charlie McCarthy. He spared no expense with his character. I am not saying you have to spend like Mr Bergen did but certainly try to find cloths that compliment the character you have developed. Bergen had tailors that made clothing for Charlie.

To just go and purchase Osh Kosh jeans and a top really doesn’t do anything to compliment the type character you give your figure, unless it is a real child figure.

This photo (above) really shows how Charlie’s clothing really worked even though he is not wearing his signature tuxedo. Learn from this and spend a little time finding the right outfit to compliment your figure’s character.



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 The Cloths Make The Ventriloquist Figure

  1. Ben Vee says:

    I completely agree, just look at my Dudley. I’ve ordered a new figure and whilst I wait for him to be made and his eventual arrival I consider several things:-

    1. Does his appearance appeal to me personally?
    2. Who is he?
    3. How will his clothing reflect who he is?

    For me those are the first top three considerations I give when developing a new vent character.

  2. James Manalli says:

    Charlie looks pretty smart in that suit.
    I notice his hands are not those with the pointing index finger.

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