Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's Effie Klinker Mystery

Everyone knows the creator of the characters used by Edgar Bergen. They are Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker.

Of course we know the controversy that has taken place over the past 70 years as to who the maker of Charlie Mccarthy happened to be. I think everyone now will agree that it was the shop of Charles Mack that created the figure for Bergen and Frank Marshall may have had a hand at the time but it was a Mack figure.

We know that the original Mortimer Snerd was created by Virginia Curtis Austin as was scene in the video we so proudly wew able to show you here on Ventriloquist Central. If you did not see it click here.

Next we have always thought that Charles Cristadoro was the creator of Effie Klinker but a good friend Matt Kimbro sent this link to me of an article that was written for Time Magazine and it now casts a doubt on Cristadoro. Just take a look.

Click here to see article about Effie Klinker




Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 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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