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Keep the "stache" David, it makes it easy to pick you out in a crowd Smile

Maybe next year we will have a few more of these good folks at the new location. (hint hint Blueshawk)

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You had 30 people from this forum there?
Cool!
I didn't know we had thirty people in here.

(As for the hint: I'm hoping to make it next year)
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Dave,

We will hold you to it. (At least the best we can reaching out across cyberspace) Smile

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Truth be told, I'm hoping for next year, but the longer it takes me to nail down a job here, the less likely it's becoming.
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Thirty people? I didn't see that many buttons about. I lost mine. Perhaps a colorful sticker or ribbon to put on the name tag. Those group photos are useless until we get the technology to have it enlarge as we run the mouse across it. Well, I guess I can get a magnifying glass. Dan or Steve, it may be soon we do business. Too many adults are afraid of Ducky and I get quite a bit of drop out from my audience numbers when I bring him out. It was never like that in the 50's, 50's, and early 70's, not until MAGIC came out and Ronn Lucas ushered in the soft figure trend. I do have a much smaller Turner, a pirate, that I will use next year along with my Selberg. We'll see.
blueshawk1, hope you get that job.
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Thank you Dr. Solar, we'll see what happens with the job thing.

It is amazing to me sometimes how many adults are afraid of vent figures, and all from movies.
I can see it with something else, and right now, the best thing I can think of for an example is guns. They see in the movies, people get killed with guns, and hear about it in the news, so I can see why they would be afraid - that's not just in the movies.
But I can't think of any case in real life where someone has been killed with a vent figure, and certainly none in real life have really come to life and terrorized anyone, it's only a movie thing. Kids being afraid, I can understand it, adults being afraid, I just don't get it.
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Hey Doc,

Upon reflection, I think Tom had 30 badges made and I had two left that came home with me. Anyway it was a pretty good representation considering that it was a first effort.

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I think adults talk themselves into being scared of vent figures. It also doesn't help that, until recently, there were no ventriloquists prominent in the public eye. Now we've got several...so maybe that will change.

I don't know about you guys, but the ventriloquism part is easier for me with a hard figure. I'm sure it's psychological and because I've always had hard figures. Just thought I'd toss that out.

I'm sorry I didn't make it to the convention this year. I would have liked to, but this time of year is the busiest for me. :-(

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On 2011-10-21 10:29, Servante wrote:
I don't know about you guys, but the ventriloquism part is easier for me with a hard figure. I'm sure it's psychological and because I've always had hard figures. Just thought I'd toss that out.

I'm the same way, and I'm sure it's psychological for me.
When I'm doing it, I sort of reach inside to that little kid inside from long ago when we could believe in such things like a vent figure coming "alive" and talking. No, I don't really believe it - maybe pretend to believe it?....hmmmm, I don't think I'm going to be able to come up with a way to say it that makes sense or doesn't sound cracked. But I can get that belief with a hard, people looking figure, I have a harder time getting that belief with a soft figure which are usually animals, or some non-existent looking being or even the people ones that plain look like puppets.
Whatever it is, fortunately, it doesn't stop me from enjoying it when I watch other people doing vent with soft figures.
One more thing that might cause me to prefer hard figures is since the beginning of an interest in vent long before I ever had a chance to do it, when I think of vent, it is with the picture in my mind of a vent with a hard figure.
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Doc as I said before ( many times ) when you are ready just let me know. I think I have a perfect spot for him.
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No, no, Dan. Just because I am seeking another wooden head does not mean Ducky is moving on yet. That is unless the IRS is to come down with a sludge hammer. I don't think you could make the price I would ask for my 57 year long relation with Ducky. ;-) someone hip me to the term for those that have phobias to vent figures please.Dan I think I will send you the Quisto I have then you egg your buddy on, prod him to finish it. What do you think?

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someone hip me to the term for those that have phobias to vent figures please.

They actually do have a name for it, it is called "Automatonophobia".
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Automotonophobia.

I think it's been artificially stirred up by "Magic" and a couple of Twilight Zone episodes, like has been mentioned. The same has been done to clowns, hack writers mining the same old premises over and over until people actually think clowns and ventriloquist figures are evil. Often these are adults getting all worked up over this manufactured drama. I rarely encounter a kid who gets scared of Henry, but fairly often I run into an adult who'll say something (in front of KIDS!) about how 'those things just freak me out'... Jeez..grow up.

I actually use Henry to GATHER a crowd at outdoor events like fairs and festivals. I start with Henry, gather a crowd, put him away, do 10 minutes of other stuff and then get him back out for the finale. It runs 15 to 20 minutes total. Try putting Ducky in a different spot in the show, Doc, see what happens. It may be some other dynamic at work, not Ducky at all. Outdoor festivals are like busking. There are points in the performance that a crowd will see as an opportunity to move on, and there are always some looking for the next thing and are going to take that opportunity. It could just be that there's a very small, brief interruption in your connection to the audience and those who are going to walk take that moment to do it. How long does your med show run? I'm actually thinking it's a timing thing, not an issue with Ducky.
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Doc I totally ubderstand. Far be it from me to want to take your partner away from you. I think I misinterpreted your post. Now as far as the Quisto YES YES I would finish him up for sure. Just let me know when.
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Dan, I will send a photo of it. I know we are just jiving on Ducky.

These are the good old days...

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