Wednesday, February 25, 2009
BRINGING YOUR CHARACTERS TO LIFE- WEATHER A WOODEN OR SOFT PUPPET YOU MUST GIVE IT LIFE. HEY COULD I EVER DO THAT?
Take your character and go to your mirror and try it on for size. The few tips that follow will help you on your way to becomming that puppeteer that you always wanted to be.
Insert your thumb in the lower jaw/lip area and the 4 fingers in the upper, or grasp the head rod with your lower 3 fingers with your thumb manipulate the mouth, eyes, ears ect. Remeber that each movement is per sylable. NOTE: even if you’re right-handed, you might find your left hand more relaxed for puppeteering (or vice-versa.) This is a common experience, and one we can’t explain. With the animal on one hand, hold it in the crook of your other arm. This gives your puppet a nice nest and conceals the secret of your participation. Also keep in mind that when looking at something, such as around the audience, or somewhere in particular the eyes move before the head. when yawning raise the puppets hands to his mouth, if he is afraid of something open the eyes wide and drop the jaw...work on some characteristics you might see in a human
If your puppet has a snout (bears, beavers, raccoons, skunks) two twitching fingers will produce a wiggling nose. Have your puppet crawl up your shoulder, tug at your sleeve, scratch, twist around, or hide in the crook of your arm.
For animals with tails, nest the puppet on your free arm, extending your fingers of that arm toward the elbow of your “puppet arm.” Position your thumb under the base of the tail and move it up and down to swish the tail.
The sea otter, small panda, and cats look particularly endearing ontheir backs, in the crook of your arm. From this position, have themgaze at their audience, occasionally hiding their eyes behind their paws, scratching, or nestling down for a snooze.
Props like rubber balls, oranges, small mirrors, cups, or wrapped candywill awaken the natural curiosity of your animal. Insert your whole handthrough the hidden sleeve of the larger, cuddly animals for animated head action.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I AM SURE YOUR GOING TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF THIS MESSAGE..IF ANYONE HAS ANY COMMENTS THEY WOULD LIKE TO ADD DROP ME AN E MAIL AND I WOULD BE WILLING TO POST IT AS LONG AS IT IS IN REPLY TO THIS POST, THANK YOU. firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of laughter.
Laughter is food for blood pressure, makes you look younger, it improves stamina, helps sleep, and strengthens the immune system. Having a sense of humor can add eight years to life. It helps in creativity, productivity and motivation. Studies say that 100 laughs equal 10 miles for the heart muscles. Laughter is a 10 times stronger pain killer then Morphine.
Studies have shown that people that make you laugh are more popular than people who don’t.
Things that you laugh about are easier to remember than things that don’t make you laugh.
The Bible talks about joy, laughter and a merry heart is a spiritual force.
You can get FREE publicity when you do a community event and get permission to sent press release to all the local newspapers. Why not add all the local TV and radio stations also.
To increase business when you introduce yourself to anyone give them your card. I always point to myself and say I am the pretty one in the middle.
To increase your business put out business card to all local eating places and nail salons, if they spend money up keeping nails and can afford to go out to eat they can afford me. Take a stack of cards where ever you go. Everyone has kids or knows someone that has kids.( if you are a kid entertainer)
WEB SITE is a must if you want to look professional. You can direct a lot of traffic and get a lot of information to the custom.
PUT A PICTURE ON YOUR BUSSINESS CARD!! It is well worth the money. I get shows just from the photo. A picture speaks more than a thousand words.
If you send out press releases to the local papers and radio, send them 2 weeks before the event. Find out WHO is the person and their e-mail to send them to. Send out TV press releases 3 weeks before the event. Send, call and fax these. They need reminders.
If you are a clown consider your makeup. Less is best. Clowns need to keep their makeup simple. Teens and kids are afraid of clowns, especially if you have colored hair and lots of green, and black on your face.
When in a parade MAKE SURE you give the MC your short write up (one sentence and your event #) before the parade starts, tell them where on the grounds you are and what you are doing there. This gets you free publicly.
You reap what you sow. Do FREE shows for good causes.
When you are a ministry and you do a show. Make it fun and not preachy. Let the pastor preach. You take one subject and tell it over and over in a different way. Make sure you tell them what scripture it is based on, because the Word is what changes people.
If you can buy, borrow or loan a video camera, tape yourself and watch yourself perform. You will be surprised and learn much about yourself. Cover you with a paper and watch you puppet, does it have a personality of its own. Then cover the puppet and watch yourself move, are you separate from your puppet?
Practice in front of a mirror and watch yourself. Than move away from the mirror and practice in front of a camera. The biggest mistake we ventriloquist make is, we never look at the puppet when we are talking to it or when it is talking. Using a camera helps you focus on this and other issues.
The biggest SECRET I have discovered, is find a movement or sound or sentence that the puppet keeps repeating over and over, but each time slightly different. For example, Jeff Dunham does the, “silence, I kill you”
He varies his voice, tone and pitch, which makes it funnier each time. I say, “kissy kissy” with my one puppet. I add on learning over, blowing kissing, flirting, interrupting to blow kissing, and finally turning upside down.
If you died tonight would you do to Heaven? The Bible says that, ALL have sinned and the cost of sin is death, but the gift of God is life through Jesus Christ.” It also says that “WHOEVER calls on the name of the Jesus will be saved” You and me are a whoever. Just say this quick prayer to be sure that you will go to Heaven when you die. “Father God I receive the gift of Jesus, thank you, show me how to live for you, In Jesus name.”
Clowns and vents give out coloring pages FREE. They should have on your web site and phone # and maybe what you do. It is a great reminder to the parents and advertising. Kids are reminded of the great time they just had with you.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
From the first convention in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983, we have had the opportunity to meet and make wonderful friends. Herb Metz was the main instigator and driving force behind the establishment of the World Clown Association. Herb had been the President of the Clowns of America prior to the time of their financial difficulties and ultimate organization breakup. Herb had a vision of an organization wherein the members would have controlling interest in the association. Along with the help of some influential friends in the Southeast Clown Association, he put together the framework for an organization. He convinced various persons to serve ad hoc in various officer capacities until such time that a general membership meeting could take place. Jim “Dune Buggy” Russell was one of the two chairmen of our first World Clown Association convention. He put together a wonderful and ambitious program containing over 50 lecturers. One of the earliest interests by World Clown Association organizers and members was the need to improve and emphasize education at our conventions and in our publications. Joel Barez from Las Vegas was at this first gathering and it was through his influence that the next year’s conventions took place in his hometown. In 1991, we held our first overseas convention in Bogner Regis, England. In 1995, we made our second trip across the Atlantic and held our convention in Southport, England. In 1999, the WCA traveled to Glasgow, Scotland. In 1987, the World Clown Association established the first known clown scholarship fund. In memory of Dean Weiss, the Bo-Dino Memorial Educational Scholarship was established to benefit individuals interested in pursuing training at an established clown training program. The World Clown Association continues to grow. We have become a well established organization which continues to promote education as our primary
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here are some basic rules of thumb and tips from other professionals...
Senor Wences said that he tried different numbers of characters and found that 5 was a maximum for a show. Keep in mind that he did at least an hour and did not do other things, such as magic or clowning. If you pull out too many vent figures it looks more like a show and tell than a show.
Mark Thompson suggests putting your strongest routine last and your second strongest first. I might add that I have found that my strongest character can go first AND last, as people are always hoping to see him one more time! (Mine is the Axtell Bear.)
For educational shows Steve Taylor recommends that you pick 4 or 5 main points, do a trick or skit for each point, then provide a challenge (what will you do now?) at the end. It could be in the form of a review.
I would add that if you can think of an acrostic for those 4 or 5 points, the audience will remember it even more. Examples: T-E-A-M. R-E-A-D. C-A-R-E. etc.
Another rule of thumb is to keep each section no longer than one minute per year in the age of your average audience member. (Adjustments made for senior citizen homes please!) So a group of pre-schoolers might want to see a 4 minute puppet routine at best. It varies, because they really get into repetition.
List everything you are able to do, even if you don't do it now. Art, guitar, balloons, storytelling, ventriloquism, etc. Put this on one column.
List every point you want to teach in another column.
Try to match up what you want to teach with the BEST way to teach it! (I have found that it is hard to teach about the crucifixion with a vent puppet, so I use Doc Haley's "He is Risen" magic trick. Although, Gladly the Bear does go into the cave as Lazarus!)
IF YOU WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ONE OF YOUR TOPICS IS ANTI SMOKING YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL ENTRY TONY
I have been enjoying doing a "Monkey See, Monkey Do" routine with fake cigarettes for anti-tobacco school shows. I have a magic hat or sand bucket sitting on my vent stand then carry out the monkey with his hand around my neck. (A second stand would be even better.) I am palming one cigarette as I talk about trainers who used to teach a monkey to smoke before they knew the dangers of tobacco. I talk about the saying, "Monkey see, monkey do" then as I put the fake cigarette in my mouth and take it back out the monkey leans over and uses his mouth to take it out of my hand. The palming of the second cigarette is done by putting the filtered tip (fake cigarette) against the middle finger with the opposite end stuck in the palm. As you reach for the cigarette in the monkey's mouth you slip the end of the second one in. The monkey squeals and resists (you don't even have to be a vent!) but you take it away for health reasons and pretend to dump it into the magic hat or sand bucket, but secretly palm the new cigarette. The one you had palmed before is now in the monkey's mouth! This can be done repeatedly, thus talking about chain smoking, nicotine, addiction, etc. while the monkey keeps making cigarettes appear!
SECOND TRICK: After that I put the monkey away and bring out a trick by JAM Magic called the NO Camera. It works great and has a wonderful anti-drug routine already written (By Ron Connely I believe). But the picture you take of a student volunteer ends up being the picture of a monkey. Thus, you say, "My hairy friend must have been playing around with the camera!" The flow of the routine is great and kids really enjoy the monkey!
A lesson in humanity, where man and beast risk life and limb for the meager reward of applause. How sad it would be if my youth would pass away And not see the beauty of the big red wagons, And taste the rare vintage of pink lemonade! Or become so blasé’ that I couldn’t offer a silent prayer For the man on the flying trapeze, Or sigh as I watch him swing to and fro.
I see my own life in motion like the pendulum On the huge clock that ticks away life. Oh, keep me young without prejudices. Without haste, so that I will be young. So that my heart will be filled with glee Next year, when the big red wagons roll in again! To me, a great clown said that—my Dad.
I'll try to answer this question in more detail on my blog, but generally speaking, it is not cost effective to convert a stuffed animal into a vent puppet if you have to pay someone to do it. But if you can do it yourself, then that's a different story.I say this because from experience I know I can build a couple ventriloquist figures (such as your Joey) in less time than it would take me to convert a stuffed animal into a vent figure. But, I can't expect anyone to pay the cost of two figures for one stuffed animal conversion. So, while I've done it for my own pleasure, I don't offer such a service. Nor do I know anyone who does.
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Monday, February 16, 2009
But sometime in the early 90's I saw a biography of Edgar Bergen. And since Edgar has always been my favorite vent, it inspired me to take up ventriloquism again. So I purchased my first pro figure, and learned the art all over again with the help of books & videotapes from the local library. I've always loved being around senior citizens, and started performing an act at local nursing homes. Over the years, I purchased a couple different figures (but I still call them "dummies"), until I came across my current little wooden partner, Harry Jones.
Together, Harry & I formed the act called Smith & Jones. It can best be described as a throwback to 40's and 50's era ventriloquism. We are semi regulars at a couple of local music theaters, several nursing homes and assisted living centers, senior clubs and any place else seniors gather in the southwest Missouri area. And we have the time of our lives doing it!
Who knows what the future has in store for us, but I thank God for the opportunity to perform for the great audiences around this part of the country. If you'd like to check it out, you can see pictures and a short video of us at our My Space page, http://www.myspace.com/smithandjonesvent
Thank you for submitting your bio my readers will enjoy the story, but there is so much more to fill in and I know that when you think of it you will come back to add the missing pieces. Tell us more about your senior programs and kidshows what are some of the way you prepapre for them, what are some of your jokes or a short skit. Who taught you vent, who were you later inspirations, who have you opened with, ect.?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
On your website you asked the question of how to turn a fairy tale into a ventriloquist skit. I thought I'd tackle that question here. If you like the response feel free to use it on your site. Librarians and preschools LOVE hearing that you have a show about a popular fairy tale. They know how to promote it and they have an idea of what you will be talking about then. When a library advertises, "The story of Cinderella" starring you and your puppet(s), they know what ages to expect as well. I once took Cinderella and switched it to a boys' story. CinderFELLA. The wicked stepmother became the wicked stepfather. ("I'm not wicked. I'm just morally challenged.") The stepsisters were stepbrothers. ("If you don't watch out, we'll step on YOU!") and the fairy godmother was the Godfather. ("Cinderfella, I'm going to make you an offer you can't refuse.") It was not a vent skit, but you could interview each of the characters and make it one. I am currently working on a version of the Prodigal Son, as found in the book of Luke in the Bible. I will play the part of a detective who is hired to find a runaway dog. The owner loves the dog and wants him to come home. First, I interview a flea. (Which is a very cheap puppet! All I have to do is look at my hand.) At the end of the interview I ask the audience to give the flea a hand for being so helpful. OOPS! Then, I run into an Axtell bulldog, who turned out to be a bully dog. He became 'friends' with the runaway dog, but only did it so he could take all of his food. He last saw the dog going into the forest. Not a safe place for a city dog! In the imaginary forest I find an Axtell warthog. He taught the dog how to find food by looking for bugs under logs, or eating dead animials. He's not sure where the dog went next. I decide it's time to put up a reward for the dog. So I have to make a poster. I use the Axtell Magic Drawing Board and draw a picture of the dog. I write Missing Mutt! Reward $1. I tell the boys and girls to keep looking. Look this way (the drawing's eyes follow where I point) and that way (more movement) and ALL around! (lots of eye movement.) Finally the dog starts to talk and tell me that he is worth more than $1. So I change it to $1.25. I go back to the owner (an old man puppet) but I'm met by an Axtell alley cat. He tells me that the dog came home. He isn't happy about it! Finally, I talk to the owner again and discover all the pieces to the story. ----- Thus, one way to tell a fairy tale is to change it to an animal tale, or to change the characters from female to male. It takes a lot of characters to just tell the story straight. METHOD #2: Tell the story from a minor character's point of view. If you had to tell the story of Peter Pan, you could have a boy puppet who was one of the Lost Boys. He would tell everything he had seen or heard that happened. Or tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood by talking to the Woodsman or to Grandma. ("I told her that she didn't have to come.") Method #3: Modern Version. Tell the same story, but modernize it. Instead of a wolf, it could be a stranger that follows Red Headband and tries to take her Girl Scout Cookies. etc. Method #4: Put yourself in the story. You become one of the main characters, as does your puppet. I REALLY would like to play the part of Ebenezer Scrooge and my puppets would be Cratchit and the 3 ghosts. I would talk to them one at a time.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Name: Doodles (Darin) Baughman
Born: 5-22-1968 Oklahoma. (and I still call it home)
I am a ventriloquist, cartoonist, and clown.
I began as a puppeteer at the age of four making puppets from socks. Jim Henson and his Muppets were my idols. Through observing them, I learned the mechanics of puppetry and vocalization. Somewhere along the way I had gotten a vent doll. Ya know, the ones with the "booklet" that was either an awful green or Pepto Bismol pink. These simple pieces of paper told of the very basics of vent; the substitution sounds. I practiced a little with it as a kid (maybe 11-13) and just fiddled with it on and off.
The only vent I ever remember knowing of was Edgar Bergen. Though, if any puppet or vent was on the TV I was glued to it! I always had a fondness in my heart for Bergen. Through the years I performed at church functions, school talent shows, and anywhere else they'd let me. I mostly did an "act" like Henson did in his early years; lip syncing to a recorded song.
I have been a member of Clowns Of America International since 1992, and often use vent with my clowning.
In 2004-2005 people started watching me do walk-a-round puppetry and began to say; "Gee, that's great! But, can you do it without moving your lips?" I blame Jeff Dunham lol. This was around the time when he was really picking up steam, and was all over the TV. So, since one should always listen to one's audience....I stopped moving my lips. I'm still a puppeteer, I just don't move my lips anymore. I took up vent seriously in 2005, and ordered my 1st pro figure from Maher Studios. I also work with various types of puppets from those found at garage sales to Axtell Expressions puppets. I have scads of puppets and two hard figures.
Friday, February 6, 2009
A RESPONSE FROM TONY BORDERS
Good point, N-Jay! I had a repeat client last night for a birthday. He lets his kids choose between magic and puppets and I go every other year or so. I know that the magic guy also does balloon animals, so I decided to give that little extra and do balloons this year. I generally don't use them for safety factors with younger siblings. Here are some extras that clients will appreciate: Birthdays: Leave a tape of a show behind. Magically produce a gift for the birthday child. Leave a puppet for the child. Check www.orientaltrading.com Dollar Tree often has magic kits, as does Borders' Books. They are perfect for 6 and older. Schools: Leave a DVD with an educational theme and permission to show it in the classrooms. Leave posters with positive sayings behind. (And a picture of you and your Axtell puppets.) Leave a follow-up review (one page and easily administered by teachers). Libraries: Send them 3 or 4 promo pages in advance to put on the entry doors or bulletins. Many don't promote your individual show and this helps them considerably. Leave a DVD of a show or a CD of your stories for them to offer for checking out. Show up early and ask if you can pull 8-12 books off the shelves to display during the show. Tell them you'll find books that have to do with your topic. Help put the chairs and/or tables back where they should be. Churches: Offer to lead a few songs before the performance part. Offer a few small prizes for a question and answer time at the end. Adult shows: Ask if they have someone they would like to honor. If so, you will call them up as a volunteer and then present the award after that routine.
Ok ready for this? What is more important: the Entertainment of the Ventriloquist or the professional skill of still lips. You be the judge. You have 3 choices, how you may wonder do we have three choices? Either still lips, Entertainment or are they equally important?
Who has the rights to your Vent figure when you purchased it from the figure maker, the figure maker, you or who?
Here is one of the best questions that has ever been asked of me so I am tossing it out to the readers...you practice and practice and you get the script down perfectly, your manipulation and everything, your ready for your performance and ooops!!, you forget the lines you practice, what do you do? What could you tell the person this has happened to?
We will discuss memorization at a future date.
Ad Libbing can it be done on the spur of the moment or does ad libbing require practice...and the same for hecklers how do you keep them in line, without you getting nervous or having them put your show at unrest?
Is the distance from Vent to aud important, in kids shows what is the closest you should be to them? Is sitting them on the floor better then sitting them on chairs? and the reasoning.
How does someone take a story or fairytale and change it into a script for the figure, or does the figure just jump into the story or fairy tail willy nilly? Tips on writing scripts or jokes
Selecting a volunteer, is there a special way to pick a child out to assist you on stage? What should you be looking for? Being careful of embarassing him or her. Also when doing senior shows answer the same questions.
Lets talk about Novelty things on stage when is novelty fun and when does it get in the way? Is Novelty better in kids shows, adult show or does it matter?
Holidays are fun and we dress our characters up in costumes to represent a special holiday, what are some of the ways you have done that with your characters and how can a novice do the same for their figures. for both adult and childrens shows.Does it make for a better show?
Cue Cards What ways have you used cheat sheets to assist your show so that in the event of memory loss (here we go again with that nasty trouble maker) your show runs smoothly?
I have never been to a ventriloquist convention, what makes them so important, especially to a newbie, but just as much a seasoned Vent?
I am practicing ventriloquism and learning the craft well, is the history an important part of my training and should I seek out the museum as well? If I can not make it to the museum can I still borrow from the museum? How do I contact them?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
JULY 15TH TO JULY 18TH
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
WHAT GAVE YOU THE DESIRE TO BECOME A VENT?
Vent: Well, I have seen a live ventriloquism programme of Mr M M Roy in 1975 at Music Academy, Chennai (southern part of India). At that time, I worked as a Clerk in a nationalized Bank. I didn’t know anything about ventriloquism and so, I could not decipher from where the voice was coming. I thought, there was a tape recorder inside the doll. After seeing Actor Kamal Haasan’s Tamil movie, “Avarghal”, I was really fascinated by the art. In 1998, again I had the opportunity of seeing Mr M M Roy’s programme in a Humour Club. Immediately I approached him to find out whether he would teach me. When he said yes, I seized the opportunity.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LEARN THE ART?
Vent: I have taken roughly 8 months’ time to learn it. I am giving performances during the last eleven years.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR TUTOR, MR M.M. ROY.
Vent: He is a professional ventriloquist. He has done more than a 100,000 shows. He has helped in not only teaching and grooming me but also in getting shows. He is the best ventriloquist in India. We are friends now. His age is 81.
WHO INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER?
Vent: Initially in 2001, I saw only two videos… 1) Mr Ron Lucas and 2) A black ventriloquist (name I don’t know). Later in 2005, I had the privilege of seeing Mr Paul Winchell’s video and Mr Bill Boley’s video and books. Recently, Mr Terry Fator has influenced me. My master, Mr M M Roy used to appreciate the manipulation of Mr Edger Bergen. (I came to know from Readers’ Digest that his beautiful daughter acted as a photographer in the movie, “Gandhi”)
SO YOU HAVE MORE THEN 1600 SHOWS TO YOUR , WHO WRITES YOUR SCRIPTS FOR YOU
Vent: I myself. I have attended Humour Clubs for more than a decade. Apart from that, I have got a collection of roughly 100 joke books—both foreign and inland. So I can select the best and the most appropriate jokes for each occasion. I also give continuity while preparing the script to make it natural.
WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT
Vent: When I start the show, I used to talk about the chief guests in an interesting manner. That’s called Adlib.
CAN WE HAVE AN EXAMPLE
Vent: When I saw Mr Thenkatchi Swaminathan in the dais, I told the doll, “He is Mr. Thenkatchi Swaminathan”. The doll asked, “When did he start a new Katchi (Party)?” There was a burst of laughter from the audience. Another specialty in my programme is that I used to wind up my programme with question and answer show. I also offer a song with each doll.
SO YOU LIKE TO INCLUDE CHILDREN IN YOUR PROGRAM
Vent: Yes, when I gave a show for Jaycees Club at Chennai, I invited a young boy. I asked him “If a hen lays an egg a day, how many it will lay in a week?” He said “Ten!” I asked him “How?” He replied innocently, “On some days, our hen lays two!” Everybody including his parents had a hearty laugh. Then my doll, Johnny clarified that only six because Sunday is a holiday! (Again laughter)
WHAT ARE THE HIGH LIGHTS IN YOUR CAREER
Vent: I learnt the art at the age of 50 years, when I was a Senior Manager of a Bank. (Now in Sept., 2008, I retired from Bank) 1) So, roughly 10 Newspapers and 5 magazines wrote articles about my ventriloquism career. 2) As I was shown on all the TV channels (except Animal channel!), I became somewhat popular. 3) Four Managing Directors of our Bank apart from many dignitaries witnessed my show.
ARE YOU ADVANCING IN YOUR VENT WORK
Vent: Yes. Recently, I started using two puppets simultaneously by giving two different voices. I also introduced Distant Ventriloquism.
AND WHAT HAVE YOU ACHIEVED SO FAR
Vent: After the programme is over, some people ask me whether I am using any tape inside the doll. I’m also using Ventriloquism for child ministry and also in sermons.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE PLANS IN VENT AT THIS TIME?
Vent: I want to use “Minus 1” (Caroke) cassettes in my programme to make the songs effective. I practise with two sticks tied with two hands of the puppet to improve its body language. I also purchased a magic plate from USA and started using it. I wish to write a book on ventriloquism routines and come out with 2 Video CDs—one secular and another on the word of God.
B I O D A T A
Name : G A Santhakumar
Designation : Retired as Senior Manager from Indian Bank on 30.9.2008
Qualification : MA, BL, CAIIB
Guru : Mr M M Roy
Performance : More than 1600 shows
TV shows : Performed in Jaya TV, Vijay (Kalakkapovathu Yaaru?), Raj,
Pothigai, Ulagam, and Chutti
Shows performed at : Tuticorin, Cheyyar, Sivakasi, Vellore, Kancheepuram, Tirukoilur,
Villupuram, Cuddalore, Pondicherry, Arkonam, Ooty and
Sholingur, Tiruthani, etc.
Persons enjoyed : M/s Chaaruhasan, Accountant General (AG’s Office), Actor Srikanth,
Pandu, Thenkatchi Swaminathan, Prithiviraj (Bablu), Pandiaraj, Cricketer
Ramesh, Kaniga, S V Sekhar, Maathrubutham, English Women’s Cricket
Team, Lena Tamilvanan, Bagyam Ramasami, 4 MDs of Indian Bank,
Rani Mainthan, Avvai Natarajan, etc.
Dolls : Boy, Monkey, Girl, Dog, crow and Magic Board
Additions : I am also doing magic apart from singing caroake songs and asking
funny/intelligent questions (quiz) with children
Articles published in : English: The Hindu (twice), The New Indian Express, Deccan
Chronicle, Mambalam Times, Mylapore Times and News Pondicherry
Tamil: Ananda Vikatan Deepavali Malar, Dinamani Kadir, Ladies
Special Deepavali Malar, Thanga Mangai, Uratha Sinthanai, Vanigar
Cheithi, Triplicane Times and Ananda Jokes
Quotes from articles : “Humour is the choice through voice” – The Hindu
“Banker by profession and ventriloquist by passion” – The Hindu
“Bank Officer turns ventriloquist for kids” – Deccan Chronicle
“Johnny, Raani and jaali”—Vikatan Deepavali Malar
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I read with great interest the story from John Hopman.
I grew up not far from where he was from in a small town south of Chatham, Ontario.
Could you get me in contact with him? If he is who I think he is, he had a brother that was a magician. My late father built some props for the magic show, and John was the person that started my 40 year interest in ventriloquism. I believe he and his brother were in the carpet/flooring business (gotta have a day job,right?)in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I may be mistaken, but he sure sounds like the same fellow. Perhaps you could ask him if I have the right person based on the few things I remember from back then.
I enjoy your blog on a regular basis-keep up the good work.
John if this person and you have something in common please give him an e mail, think he'd like to hear from you. N J
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I am looking for anyone who would like to share with my readers at my BLOG. Of course your name goes on all you entry bylines, please write for mixed readers on any subject pertaining to vent soft figures or hard, ventriloquism or the making of vent figures,writing ad libs for children shows and senior shows,writing sxripts, writing comedy, stage etiquite, manipulating of your figure, bios of your life or anyone who influenced you, clowning, magic puppetry. If you have a story that you want to share something that might have happened at a show preparing for a show comming home from a show well you get the idea (anytime about anything pertaining to above arts)all will be appreciated by the readers as well as myself. Thank you and G-d Bless each and everyone of you....I love this site and the information shared here.