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Topic: Kenny Talk - a figure who smokes!
Message: Posted by: Carl Mustaine (Nov 13, 2010 02:04PM)
Just looking through the Venthaven pages and found this link to a figure made by Glenn and George McElroy.

http://www.venthavenmuseum.com/fom/figure29.html

The figure was able to blow smoke out of his ears!

I have seen the footage of Jeff Dunham with Skinny Duggan, and he mentions various movements and effects, but not smoking!

Does anyone know how this would have worked? How would the smoke have been generated to be piped out of a figures ears?. I can think how you might be able to use some sort of chemical reaction, but nothing on a small scale that would make this effect possible.

Lastly, has anyone seen a vent figure with really unusual movements? Any you tubetube links would be appreciated!

Regards

Carl
Message: Posted by: veegates (Nov 13, 2010 03:02PM)
Hi Carl,
I would guess after reading the description that says "he is also a smoker" that it probably was cigarette smoke. I restore automatons and I have owned and restored several smokers. The majority of the pieces have a cigarette holder that is fastened to their hand. Connected to the tube and running up the sleeve is a rubber tube. There is a set of bellows with a sliding valve. One position allows the inhale and when you flip the sliding valve over and press the bellows, it sends the smoke out another tube to the mouth or in this case the ears. Since the description says he has a removable tooth and can spit, I would guess he is more like another style of smoking automaton. Behind the tooth is a metal tube in the mouth where if you removed the tooth you would place the cigarette and with a piston in the body which you would pull to inhale, flip the valve and direct his exhale wherever you wish. To spit you would pull water in beforehand, press on the piston and shoot it out his mouth. Just a guess, but I recently built a figure that is self contained in a box and stands up, flips, climbs out of the box, etc, but also has the ability to smoke. I used the second method on this piece. You can also have him play a horn, blow out candles, etc.
veegates
Message: Posted by: Carl Mustaine (Nov 13, 2010 04:13PM)
Veegates,

Could you possibly post a video on Youtube? This is something I would love to see.

I like your video of the figure on the trapeze by the way! The Houdini picture is good, but the singing bird is my favourite. A thing of true beauty!

Regards

Carl
Message: Posted by: veegates (Nov 13, 2010 04:27PM)
Hi Carl,
Is that the singing bird cage or the Bird Pistol?
I haven't shot the video for the Demon yet. The piece is a version of Robert-Houdins Harlequin. It is a Demon/Skeleton sort of creature. If you go to my website there are photos and an explanation to what he does. I haven't updated the website for a while, but it is http://www.clockworkuniverse.net
The piece is listed under Soul Stealer (a dark piece)
Also, there are a few pic of pieces I made on photobucket. It is http://s1002.photobucket.com/albums/af145/veegates/photobucket/
Message: Posted by: Carl Mustaine (Nov 13, 2010 05:07PM)
Veegates,

I will take a look through your pictures. I was referring to the singing bird cage.

Thanks for the explanation about the smoking figure. However, it was a bit like finding out how a magic trick was done! Still pretty cool though!I had imagined it was a dry ice type chemical that was piped up a vents sleeve on up to the figure.

Regards

Carl