Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen Letter

A few years ago, Colin Williams from Australia, sent in this email and letter to share with us on Ventriloquist Central.

We have so many new people who visit the website these days and may not have seen this, so I thought it was a good time to show it once again.


Hi Dan,

I am attaching a letter written to me from Edgar Bergen in 1976. You may find it interesting. I don’t want to rehash the ongoing question as to who carved Charlie, however Bergen’s comments are interesting.

I should have said the ‘original’ Charlie. We have all seen the photo of Frank Marshall holding the Charlie heads, which he carved later, and then of course there were the fiberglass models that followed. My conclusion is that Charlie was a stock Mack head which Frank Marshall fashioned to Bergen’s liking.

bergen letter

Thanks again for blog!!!

Colin Williams – Comic Quest – Australia


And thanks, Colin for this great bit of ventriloquial history.




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 Letter

  1. Larry Harris says:


    Thanks for sharing the letter. It is always interesting to hear Bergen’s take on his figures and vent in general.

    Cheers, Larry

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