Ventriloquist Toys

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I have been asked by a lot of folks why I don’t show toy ventriloquist figures on Ventriloquist Central.

I must say if you go to the Tribute of Ventriloquism pages there is a whole section devoted just to the toy ventriloquism figures. But that doesn’t answer the question that I have been asked.

When I first started collecting I did in fact buy all of the toy figures. Charlie McCarthy, Jerry Mahoney, Danny O’Day etc. etc. But what happened to me was I was not satisfied and wanted to upgrade to wood carved figures.

Soon I was selling off the toy figures and replacing them with wooden figures. It was a process to say the least because I had amassed examples of just about every toy figure in all their variations. Today there are some that I wish I had back but if I really want them they are available. Toy shows and of course the big online auction vehicle offer all the toy figures.

So even though I have eliminated most of the toys from the Ventriloquist Central Collection the few that I have kept I still love.

I have quite a number of the Effanbee Charlie McCarthy figures in both sizes, I have the 1966 issued Jerry Mahoney & Knucklehead Smiff figures by Paul Winchell and a few other Ralph Freundlich and K&S figures.

Click here to see some of the toys in the Ventriloquist Central Collection



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:

Copyright 2012 by Dan Willinger

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One Response to Ventriloquist Toys

  1. LeeDean says:

    Simon Sez was best of them all.

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