Ventriloquist, Magician & Comedian Johnny Carson

johnny carson with frank marshall ventriloquist figure

Everyone knows Johnny Carson as a comedian and also a magician but many may not know that he was a ventriloquist as well.

I am pleased to show you today this great newspaper article with pictures of a very young Johnn Carson with his Frank Marshall figure and his young children.

johnny carson article

I do hope you enjoy this rare article.



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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3 Responses to Ventriloquist, Magician & Comedian Johnny Carson

  1. George Boosey says:

    … and he got his first big break on television by succeeding another ventriloquist — Edgar Bergen — as host of Who Do You Trust, which had been called Do You Trust Your Wife during the year that Edgar and Charlie hosted the program.

  2. Bob Conrad says:

    Several famous performers started out as ventriloquist, Ted Knight, Don Knots, David Copperfield. I didn’t know Carson was a vent.

  3. Carson’s background in ventriloquism qualified him as the great straight man/comedian he needed to be simultaneously, as host of The Tonight Show.

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