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Perhaps my memories from my childhood are a little nebulous, and maybe a bit exagerated, but I was sure I remember seeing Winch manipulate and carry two figures at once. (Jerry and Knuck) while standing and or walking.

Can this be done? Is there really a way to walk and carry two separate fuul size vent figures, one for each hand?

I'm have always thought it would be fun to walk through a county fair or a festival or something like that, and be manipulating both figures while they talk and squabble with one another and me. It would hold the potential for some very funny and entertaining material!

But maybe I am just crazy.
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You aren't crazy Doug...

There are several 'stands' that have been around for a while...They attach to you via belts and suspenders (at least the one I saw did)...Small, light-weight platforms stick out on either side allowing you to carry and manipulate two figgers at once.

I've done a lot of duel figure work, but for those routines I use very light 'soft' figures...

The highlight of my duel routine was having all three of us sing the theme song to "Cheers"...On the chorus the puppets would Harmonize...

Yes, both voices at the same time.

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Prof. Thanks for affirming my sanity!

Now for the million dollar question...what is the name for those platforms you mentioned, and where can they be obtained? Are there weight limitations for them? I believe my figure weighs in at about 8 lbs.
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Wish I could remember...I saw them at the ConVention (Ventriloquist convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky) about 3-4 years ago...

I'll ask on my Vent. List and see if I can't find a source for you.

WOW, an 8 POUND figure??? How big is he? What all does he do (animations)? And who made him??

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Jeff Dunham does 5 different voices at wonce and works 3 different puppets at once in his comedy presentation...very impressive...especially when he jumps really quickly from character to character with his voice. He always impresses the audience...then one of his puppets says "Yeah...you think that's good...just wait till his tonue gets a hernia!"
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On 2005-09-20 08:59, Professor Piper wrote:
Wish I could remember...I saw them at the ConVention (Ventriloquist convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky) about 3-4 years ago...

I'll ask on my Vent. List and see if I can't find a source for you.

WOW, an 8 POUND figure??? How big is he? What all does he do (animations)? And who made him??

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I just re-weighed him...I was incorrect. The true weight is 9 lbs, of which two and a half is the head and the remainder(With clothes of course) is the body.
Heigth is about 37-38 inches.

Features? Daniel has winkers, (both eyes can close) (Individual or dual)side to side self centering eyes, eyebrow raise, ball and socket fully rotatable head, and of course the obligatory mouth movement.

I got him for a steal at Abbott's annual auction a few years back.

I wish I did know who made him. But I have no clue...on the head stick is written "O'leary."

He was dressed as a pirate when I obtained him, but I didn't keep that.

The story of how I got him was quite interesting. I was at the auction and I was strapped for cash. but I wanted him BADLY So my wife saw me almost in tears and we decided to go to an ATM and get out some cash from my account back home.

I purchased him, but in the meantime several other fellows were seriously considering buying him. Anyways, they decided to not do that..so I got him.
Well to make a long story short, after the auction was over and I had him in my car, those fellows had a change of heart and began to literaly beg me to re-sell him right then and there on the spot. they offerd me a chunk of cash, but I turned them down flat because this was a lifetime dream for me. I'm guessing a figure like this sells new for thousands. I know a good thing when I got it!

Truly though, I would sure like to obtain a more light weight body for him.
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Doug...

Can you send me a picture? I might be able to tell you who made him...I'll PM you my email addy...

Sounds like a great figure...9 pounds is HEAVY, makes me think he is real wood as opposed to the "Lik-Wood" a lot of figures are made of these days...

I'm still waiting for a reply on the 'Hip Stand'...I'll let you know when I have word.

KyletheGreat...

Jeff is certainly a talented Vent, no doubt...

But I don't think you understood my post...When Jeff does his argument act with the five different figures he is switching...Which means he is going from voice to voice very rapidly...Difficult is an understatement.

What I do when I sing "Cheers" with the two figures, I literally meant that BOTH voices occur at the same time....I've been able to activate my upper cords (Human have two sets of vocal cords...The upper, which are hardly ever used..and the lower, which is where your voice comes from) to do one voice while my lower does the other...

The effect?

Two characters harmonizing with each other at the same time.

Hope that clarifies things.

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Two cords at once? Man that is amazing!
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Two cords at once? Man that is amazing!


Yeah...It actually caught me by surprise when I did it for the first time...It's not unheard of though...There is some native tribe or Hindu monks or something that use it in their Meditations or prayers (I can't remember right now, sorry)...

It's definately a show-stopper though...It's never failed to get me a standing O and some amazed gasps and stuff...Feels good when you WOW them, ya know?

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Feels great! That's what I live for! Reminds me of the day a long time ago when I discovered that I can use my vocal cords to create killer impresions of the Looney Toons voices, (Bugs and Daffy), and all the gang. That was about the time I began to lose my diffidence and come out of my shell in life.
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Jeff Dunham does this dual-voice-at-the-same-time bit while singing with two of his characters. The first time I saw it was on The Tonight Show years ago. The second was the first time I saw him live here in Raleigh. It is an amazing thing, but I wonder how sustainable it is over the long haul....especially since he rarely does it today.

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You think maybe it's hard on the old vocal cords?
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I saw Jeff in Cincy this year and he brought down the house. I've met him several times at the Vent Haven Convention and he is as nice as he is great on stage. It was my wife's first time seeing a vent at a Comedy club, loved it.
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Jeff is the top!
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I just picked up Jeff's "Arguing with myself" DVD. Online you can find some of his earlier TV appearances. My wife and I first saw him on a TV show in the mid 80's. I have never seen a vent act that made me laugh so hard, and believe each character was real. 20 years later and to see how he has honed his act is an amazing thing. THIS is NOT a criticism, but respect...he does almost the same act that he did 20 years ago and manages to make it look fresh, natural and spontaneous. and it still holds up. In fact, some of the puppets have changed more than the act. The subtle fine tuning is what makes it great. Too many comics get popular and then have to rush new material every year, it never seems to be as good as teh act they polish over many years time. I guess the same can be said of some magicians as well. It can be done, but it seems that the best acts are the long running acts.
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Wow, two vents at once......now that's talent!
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Professor Piper , I would love to hear more about the double vocal cords. I ve been doing vent for 35 years and am always learning. any info on this would be appreciated. Thank you chuck Lyons
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Professor Piper..

Perhaps you can post a video. That sounds cool.

This nearly normal guy is working on a bit with 2 figures based on the prodigal son. Keeping the voices to the correct puppet is interesting. After messing up while working it up, led to messing up on purpose giving the wrong voice to a puppet.

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Sorry guys...

Sorry it's taken a bit for me to get back to this topic....Been busy with a little thing called...

LIFE...

LOL

As for video, I wish!!! My seriously old computer, and lack of digi camera, prevents this...(I'm perusing a Dell catalog as we speak, by the way)...

As for dual cords/two voices at once:

I honestly don't know how I do it...I know, I know...Cop out, right....But it's true...

I was practicing the theme song to "Cheers" (which I wanted me and two puppets to sing together) when, during the chorus, I literally stumbled on the two guys singing at the same time...

Now, I can do it at will....and I still have no idea why.

It is probably the fact that the two voices are dramatically different...One is a touch high and a bit reedy (Think the Jackalope from "America's Funniest People") and the other voice is deep and a bit lethargic (Think "duhhhh...geee George, which way did he go George??)

I know that humans have two sets of Vocal Cords, upper and lower...
I know that Native Tribes (mostly Eskimo types) use this duel cord aspect in their tribal singing/ceremony...

How I do it?

No clue...

Sorry guys...My best advice is to practice diametrically different voices at the same time and see if it works for you as well.

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