Here’s a video showing the Ken Spencer ventriloquist figure after restoration.
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Awe shoot. I got excited for a second there: it seemed like you were going to start into a bit when you said hello to Spence. He’s got such a great face (again), I’d love to see him perform.
Dan, sometimes you’ll make the figures talk just for a brief, teasing second at the beginning of these videos and I always want to see more. Have you ever considered getting guest ventriloquists to do longer bits to show off the characters? I remember seeing a video or two where a visiting vent worked with some of the collection. I bet everyone would enjoy seeing more of that.
Or is there a line–a decorum–to not be crossed regarding performing with the figures of retired or passed-on ventriloquists? In the case of a dummy that was stabbed in the face, the previous owners probably wouldn’t be offended, right?
Ted you are right there have been a couple of folks that have picked up a figure and performed a bit. Mike Robinson and Al Getler come to mind. I will let anyone pick up and try a figure if the come to visit me and the collection. I myself just don’t so ventriloquism very well and have always said I am jusat a collector. Even though a figure was owned by a past performer if someone wanted to give it a go I have no problem with that and would certainly record it so we could use it. So with all that said when are you going to come for a visit?