Ventriloquist Jim Barber Restores an Old Dummy

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Ventriloquist Jim Barber of the “Hamner Barber Theater” in Branson, MO, posted an article yesterday about a restoration he did on a ventriloquist dummy form the 1930’s.

Not only did he do the restoration but there is a great story about how it all happened.

We’ve included the video here, but I highly recommend you click the link below to read the entire story.


Click here to read, Ventriloquist Breathes New Life Into Old Dummy




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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2 Responses to Ventriloquist Jim Barber Restores an Old Dummy

  1. bob isaacson says:

    Wow !…Howard Baltz did an outstanding job creating “Mickey”. Very innovative controls, etc. Also Jim Barber did a great job of restoring the figure. Thanks for the wonderful look-see.

  2. Philip Grecian says:

    That was wonderful to watch, and, as I live in Kansas, it was wonderful to hear about some of the state’s vent history.

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