Ventriloquist Rey Ortega


Here is some wonderful information that was sent into by Rey Ortega. I met Rey on Facebook after I had seen his video. I was blown away.

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Rey is a very talented ventriloquist and build his owns puppets and figures. He also has other talents as well. Here’s what Rey sent us:

I started ventriloquism at the age of five, Paul Winchell was my hero. I began performing professionally at 13 and was the first ventriloquist to appear on Chuck Barris’ The Gong Show.

I was hired at age 15 to do the TV pilot. Currently I perform with my wife Kiyomi in The Wisdom Tree Native American Storytelling Program which we began 11 years ago. We perform at Elementary schools throughout CA.

Kiyomi is the storyteller, I play Native American Flutes, Dance the Pueblo Hoop Dance, and perform with six different Vent figures, five of which I built myself. My oldest figure is JC, custom built for me by Jack Coates in 1973. He still looks great!

I build re-creations of Mayan and Aztec ceremonial clay flutes and perform along the Mayan Caribbean during the summer. I make and play the bamboo flute and have 3 self produced CDS of my music.

Last, I’ve recently began performing my Vent act for corporate events and aiming toward cruise ships. My new website is up, but still under construction. It should be complete by the end of the week,

The Wisdom Tree website is


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Rey, thanks for sending us this information and sharing your video with everyone at Ventriloquist Central.




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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5 Responses to Ventriloquist Rey Ortega

  1. Bill Smith says:

    Thanks for posting this Dan & Steve! Rey is a WONDERFUL person, & I’m honored & PROUD to be a friend of his! His vent is top notch, & so are his other talents! Type his name in youtube & you’ll see for yourself!

  2. Bob Isaacson says:

    I second Bill Smith’s comment….Mr. Ortega is a very talented Vent; great voices & wonderful technical ability. Hope one day, we’ll see him at the VH convention, so we all can witness his talent in person

  3. Bob Conrad says:

    Thanks for posting Dan. Rey is a very excellent vent, very creative, and beautiful figures. I wish him the best, and much success.

  4. Larry Harris says:


    Great Blog. Ray is quite good.

    Cheers, Larry Harris

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