Ventriloquist Figure Video Collecting Series – Bob Neller’s Original Marshall/McElroy

Today I am happy to show you a video of one of my very special figures a Marshall which was upgraded by the McElroys for the original owner Bob Neller. Everyone knows Bob used his McElroy named Reggie but before Reggie he used a figure made by Marshall which he called Dizzy Dugan.

Once Bob Neller found out about the McElroy Brothers he had them put their mechanics and head stick onto his Marshall and changed to the McElroy body as well. Neller used Dizzy until he decided to have his Reggie figure built and then sold this figure.

The head is carved wood and one of only a few that were converted by the McElroy Brothers making this figure an extremely rare example of both makers Frank Marshall and the McElroy brothers.

Click here to read the complete story about this amazing figure


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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 Video Collecting Series – Bob Neller’s Original Marshall/McElroy

  1. N Jay says:

    Like all the other Videos I have observed via your website its always nice, but now I see your adding additional Dan effects, like whistling and vent…very entertaining

  2. Patricia Neller deardorff says:

    Dan, I don’t have flash on the iPad so can’t view your video… Darn. I did want to ask if you saw the Oprah interview with David Copperfield? In it, there’s a shot of copper field’s warehouse/museum and Reggie is in that shot… It’s on you tube but if you have any trouble locating the clip of Copperfield’s magic museum just let me know and I’ll send the http. Best to you as always, Patricia

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