Ventriloquist Central Presents Tidbit in a Minute Lesson 16 with Mr.Puppet

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Here is lesson number sixteen from our good friend and regular contributor ventriloquist/puppeteer, Bob Abdou aka Mr. Puppet with his video he calls “Tidbit in a Minute.”

Today’s video is “Mentor”.


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4 Responses to Ventriloquist Central Presents Tidbit in a Minute Lesson 16 with Mr.Puppet

  1. LeeDean says:

    Great mentors all. You said start with the jaw in tidbit #15 on lip control and that is what The Great Lester pretty much said at the 1955 Pittsburgh combined IBM/IBV convention. Freeze the jaw to freeze the lips is what Johnny Main and I were both taught at that convention. But again, like you say, the puppet is what matters, and a puppeteer like Wayland Flowers would be a mentor to watch if could find videos showing both Madame with all of her contortions and himself in the background with all of his facial movements. So too we have lots of Edgar Bergen videos. So important was Charlie’s clarity that lip movement was deemed a worthy sacrifice. With Wayland being in the background, one was focused on Madame, and with Edgar he was a master at misdirection by a nod of his head same time as lips moved. They simply brought their respective puppets to life–which is the main thing.

  2. Dennis Hall says:

    Great video Bob, and so true. I wouldn’t still be building figures if not for the advice and support from others in the field with more experience . Hats off to the mentors!

  3. Ben Veenkamp says:

    Good advice again. If you have a good mentor than stick with him :)

    Unfortunately here in Australia our vent community is very small and performers keep to themselves rather than share advice (probably why ventriloquism is so rare here).

  4. bob abdou says:

    a mentor does not have to be a ventriloquist, you can get tips here on ventriloquist central on being a better ventriloquist, a mentor will help you be a better entertainer, performer or better yet, a great humanatarian, just find someone older, wiser and knows your path and that’s your ticket to success

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