Ventriloquist Central Collection Growing By Leaps & Bounds


It is hard to believe but Ventriloquist Central is almost hit the 7 year mark and if you haven’t heard we are having a Birthday Bash to celebrate….

However, that isn’t the reason for this blog. This blog is to reflect on the collection of Ventriloquist Central.

Back seven years ago I was introduced to Steve Hurst, the webmaster and my partner on Ventriloquist Central, and he agreed to do up a web site to showcase the collection of figures I had put together at that time.


I had, if I am not mistaken, 37 antique ventriloquist figures at that time and of that amount I had 4 Frank Marshall Figures. Man I was proud to let everyone see the collection I had put together.

Well we fast forward to today and I just did a recount of the Ventriloquist Central Collection and as of today there are now 183 figures in the collection. This really amazes me that I have been able to put this collection together because finding antique figures today is not an easy task.



Also the Frank Marshall figure selection now stands at 70 figures. I think I have examples of just about every head from every Marshall duplicarver heads that he made. This count does not include the many wood carved duplicarver heads, hands and marionette heads that are also part of the collection.



My new goal is reach the magical 200 number. I know it will take a bit of time but I am sure I will reach that number in the not too distant future.


Have you signed up for the Ventriloquist Central Birthday Bash?


Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to:

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One Response to Ventriloquist Central Collection Growing By Leaps & Bounds

  1. Ben Veenkamp says:

    Meanwhile my eyes are drawn to your Robert McCray figure in the first photo ;)

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