Thoughts From A Collector

Collecting of anything can become a passion just as ventriloquism has become my passion. I have found that the passion can sometimes be overwhelming too. My wife, my best friend, pointed out to me just the other day that I was now spending so much time with this passion that I have not been that attentive to some other things in my life. I must admit , even though I hate to, that this is true. I really find that when I am not reading, writing or talking about the art and collecting of ventriloquism artifacts I feel down. Now don’t take that as if I have depression because it is far from that. It is just that this love has really blossomed and I can’t wait until I find my next acquisition.

Thankfully for me, my wife has stood behind me on this quest and even pushed me into some of my purchases that I might have not made on my own. After the fact I am so happy she has been there with me to help me make the right decisions. When you become an advanced collector of anything the prices climb substantially and you really have to make the decisions to spend sometimes even when you don’t have the money. You must be able to justify the expenditure or you will not be able to sleep at night. Your partner, if you have one, must be on the same wavelength or you undoubtedly will run into a problem.

I, at this point, sell a ventriloquist dummy only when I purchase another. In this way the figures are constantly climbing in price and value. I will purchase some dummies for the sole purpose of selling but that has become increasingly hard because I tend to now overlook the less expensive dummies because of my taste. I sometimes have to remember how I started and I always want to have something that the beginning collector can buy and feel very comfortable in purchasing. I have always gone by the adage that if I like the dummy then someone else is going to like it too. I have not seemed to be wrong very many times on this theory.



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:

Copyright 2009 by Dan Willinger

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