Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen – A Genius at Promotion

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This little gem was sent in to me from Doug Preis.


Just look at how well this photo was conceived and executed.

All humans with expressions…reacting differently…to one magical piece of wood…

Doug Preis


I couldn’t agree more Doug. In fact, if you look at most of the photos of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his “group” you’ll see genius at work.

Thanks for sending this in to me.



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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One Response to Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen – A Genius at Promotion

  1. David Thrasher says:

    If you look at clips of Charlie McCarthy you’ll see how well Edgar Bergen manipulated him which gave an uncanny sensation of him being alive. The others reactions to the seemingly alive Charlie certainly helped.

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