Ventriloquist Central Collection Video Series – Jack Coats Figure

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Here’s a video of a nice Jack Coats ventriloquist figure (dummy). Jack Coats was a great ventriloquist figure (dummy) maker in the sixties and early seventies. He had a style all his own and he carved them all by hand.

This is a great example of Jack’s work. This fellow has slot jaw, side to side eye movement, winkers/blinkers and a hand shaker.


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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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3 Responses to Ventriloquist Central Collection Video Series – Jack Coats Figure

  1. Gary Koepke says:

    Hey Dan,

    Thanks for doing this video. Jack was a great guy and figure maker and I can’t go through the Vent Haven without thinking about him.

    A few more details. Jack did have a heart attack in 1972, but continued carving until his death in July of 1973, also of a heart attack, a few months before his 42nd birthday. I have a couple heads that were on his bench at the time of his passing and Vent Haven has one in its collection as well.

    When I met him in 1970 he was carving 40 figures a year as well as repairs, repaints, etc. I know he continued that rate up until his heart attack in July of 1972 after which he slowed down a bit. So there are probably a couple hundred or so of his figures out there “somewhere.”

    Jack was also the first to carve the bird figures similar to what Bill Boley later made (I still have a letter from Bill saying that as well). I had him make me a duck after seeing John Hopman perform with his duck, also made by Jack (although I think John’s wasn’t really a duck bird).

    Again, thanks for the wonderful memories!

    Gary Koepke

  2. Donald woodford says:

    Hey Dan,

    my Jack Coats figure is my MOST treasured figure, in my collection. Although it’s not original Mike Brose did a superb job restoring it to Jack’s standards.

  3. LeeDean says:

    I wish that somebody would write a book about Jack Coats and other great sculptors including Frank Marshall and their highly special/technical area–ventriloquist figure.

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