Ventriloquist Figure Maker, Frank Marshall Marionettes

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Everyone knows that Frank Marshall was the Gepetto for ventriloquist figures but he also produced a full line of marionettes. His 1931 catalogue has pages showing his marionette selections.

It is known that he did in fact purchase heads from Germany but he made the bodies and controllers. I was very happy to have come across Frank’s blue prints for his 18″ marionette and when I first got them I ran down to the frame shop and had them framed, mounted on archival paper, and covered with low e glass to protect them forever.

These blue prints are full size for the 18″ figure. I hope you enjoy looking at these terrific blue prints from the master.

Click here to see Frank Marshall blue prints




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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2 Responses to Ventriloquist Figure Maker, Frank Marshall Marionettes

  1. Lee Dean says:

    Are the Marshall blueprints original with Marshall or did he acquire elsewhere along with the marionette heads, and what do you know about his punch and judy puppets, as to blueprints, heads, hands, etc.

  2. Dan Willinger says:

    Lee these are blue prints Marshall had done for just the bodies. The heads he imported!!

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