I was posed a good question concerning the use of the upper lip effect on ventriloquist figures. The question was should a performer use the upper lip to help create a more viable look of the ventriloquist figure pronouncing the labial words. I thought that this was a great question but not really what the upper lip effect was used for in performance.
For me the upper lip is used to give the figure a much wider open mouth in a surprised situation. It also gives a good smile to the figure. So I am going to throw this out to all you who read my blog and ask should the upper lip be used in a more natural manner representing how the mouth really works in regular conversation?
What are your thoughts???
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I love the upper lip effect. I think it takes manipulation to the next step. I use it on my Insull head almost as much as the lower lip. It adds that bit more articulation and I always get compliments from friends on how great the mouth looks when the upper lip is used. Saying words like “French Fry” or other words that a normal human would you more teeth to say, using the upper lip, makes the figure look very much more alive.
Only if the effect is simultaneous outside of that not really, My zauberklingl has a lever to do both simultaneously and both mouth and upper lip separately. The upper lip is better used as a special and rarely used effect. Yes have more of a life like articulation is great but it should be a dummy not a small person up on stage.. Bergen didn’t need more then a mouth movement to entertain