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Monday, January 19, 2009


Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff ArmsJanuary 17th, 2009
Last week N Jay from “N Jay n Joey” asked a question about Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff’s arms. He wanted to know how and who made them move.
I answered him and also posted on Worldvents that I had done a blog back on March 18th 2008 on just this subject and showed pictures of Jay Lloyd doing same. Click here to see the blog
Yesterday, I received this note from Mike Brose adding a bit more information that I did not previously have so I decided to share this with the vent community.
Hey Dan,
There was also Skip Ludwig, shown in the attached photo with Jay andPaul’s wife at the time. I always remember their names, as I used torecall the credits on the Winchell Mahoney show out KTTV in Los Angelesnear where I lived growing up.
There were usually the two operators (Jay and Skip), who would operate the head with one hand and be one of the figure’s hands with their other hand. One operator did Jerry, and one did Knuck. The other hand on the figure would be a stuffed glove. But sometimes, when they needed bothhands to be active on the figures (see other attached photo) a thirdperson was used to operate just heads. Many times, this third person was Paul himself, when he did not need to be seen on camera the same time as the figures. This way he could operate the head and mouths on the figures, and do the voices too, and would have the best synch on the mouth movement.
Best Regards,
Mike Brose

Thanks Mike for sending this in to us here at Ventriloquist Central.
To see “N Jay n Joey” blog, click here.
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:

Dan thank you and Mike Brose for replying to a question I had for a future post here at Ventriloquially Yours. For my readers and those new to my BLOG go see what I hope will be what I am aiming for this BLOG to be in the near future, go see ventriloquisr central I am sure your gonna like it.

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