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Dickens & Dave
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Wanlu - I like the Poyner picture, with the little figure on his knee and the mic right there - pretty cool!
And I agree with you about the difference between a museum and visiting a "regular place" like your home. In a museum, usually there isn't even a chance for people to touch because whatever is in a glass case or behind ropes, and even if it isn't, in most cases, people just know, in a museum, you don't touch. But in regular home circumstances, people think it's okay and often can't "see" without touching.

Dan - the Vent Haven museum is not a good analogy because the people going there are vents and have some respect, and again, it's a museum, people just seem to know you don't touch in a museum. As for home, if you've never had anyone just reach out and touch without asking, you've been lucky. Of course that fear for some also comes from performing. Anyone who has done any performing, especially with kids, knows if you get close enough and give them half a chance, the kids are going to have to touch, and some adults are that way too.
I think for most people, keeping their figures in cases, may be a thing of protecting a tool of their trade, same as one would keep their expensive mic cased or other equipment for a show, plus it's ready to go for the next show.
I don't think a glass case is ridiculous, I think it might not be a great idea to a put a figure in one if it's a figure you are going to use as it can be a bother getting them in and out, but in the case of the ones I have in a display case, I don't have any plans to use them.
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Thanks Dave Smile

I plan to display that Poyner which I don't use in my gigs anymore... so basically he stays in the glass case for display.

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In my workshop, the dummy heads hang upside-down unceremoniously from hooks over the workbench, and the main figure I perform with ("Eugene") simply sits comfortably on my living room sofa (often with my cat sleeping on his lap) .
My Howdy Doody marionette...a clone which I produced directly off of the original Howdy some 20 years ago...stands a few feet away next to my faux fireplace.
It's somehow fitting...'Phony Doody' posed smiling and waving in front of a fireless fireplace. LOL

The dummy freaks out the gas meter readers that come every month, and Howdy is a guaranteed conversation starter in general.
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Dickens & Dave
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If I'm working on making something, that's always out while I'm working on it.
I do have another figure out, sitting in the living room, Jim's first carved figure. Although eventually he'll be going somewhere, than I'll probably put one of my other figures in the chair.
I'm in the process of reorganizing and will probably be putting most, if not all of my figures out somewhere when I'm done.
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Dave my analogy is spot on. Vent Haven has a collection of figures, so do I. They display them out sitting in chairs so do I. I have never had anyone ventriloquist or otherwise ever pick up a figure without asking and that goes for children as well. You see if the parents let the children know not to touch first children WILL listen and if not they would not be allowed in to the collection. I just find that glass cases defeat the whole purpose of a vent figure. OK that is it I will not repost on this particular subject.
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To each his own Dan... ehat seems ridiculous to you may seem logical to others.
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Actually Dan, you're analogy is missing one spot from being spot on (the same spot that I pointed out before that's missing when talking about donating figures to you or Vent Haven) - Vent Haven is a museum - your house is not.
Like I said, I think you've been lucky, or maybe your home has the feeling of a museum and it has helped stop people from doing what many of us have personally seen happen.
And really, the REAL "whole purpose of a vent figure" is to entertain, so whether someone has one in a glass case not be used to entertain, or over a 160 sitting around not being used to entertain, that is the REAL defeat of the "whole purpose of a vent figure".
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...glass showcase Smile

You will see it during the interview.

http://youtu.be/jFwV1Ghy8j0
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Got himself a McElroy in there, I wonder if it's the one he had back when or another one.
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Actually Jeff has a few. He has a Troll style, Ollie, the Umpire and Dudley ( purchased Dudley from Dennis Alwood). The Johnny you saw in the case he traded to Bruce and Janice McElroy towards the Umpire a couple years ago. The video you saw was done quite a while ago. The Johnny in that case originally came from Dennis Alwood who sold it to Bill Nelson who sold it to Greg Claussen who sold it to Jeff. Anyway that is the story of Jeff's McElroy figures.
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Dickens & Dave
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The trail of some figures....
Wouldn't it have been cool if every figure came with a record of who owned it, each person that owns it adding their name.
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I try to get every bit of information on every figure that comes to the Ventriloquist Central Collection and I post that info on the page. For me it is most important!!
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Definitely interesting info to have if you can get it.
As for my idea of the "traveling record", of course it would never work, someone along the way would lose it.
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I'm guessing his other McElroys if not in a glass showcase would be in protective cases and not just sitting in a corner of the house ready for anyone to touch... Smile

But of course I could be wrong...
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Dickens & Dave
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There's no telling without asking him.
In the end though, it's one of those "to each their own" kind of things.
Some prefer to keep their figures in cases, some prefer, and can, keep them out on display.

That "can" is a big part of it too. Some may not have the room to have their figures sitting out, some may have circumstances that won't permit it.
I have one figure in a display case in the living room and one sitting in a chair in the living room - some spouses would not approve of that. Some may have circumstances where they don't feel it's safe for the figure to have them out - I'm sort of in one of those right now.
We recently adopted another dog, he's only 6 months old now and 200% puppy;

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Cute, isn't he, but like I said, 200% puppy and full of it, with lots to learn about what to do and what not to do, AND he seems to have developed a like for cheweing wood.....don't think I want any figures out right now, where he can reach them anyway.

Anyway, like I said, "to each their own".
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Wanlu
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"to each their own" ...so true! Smile

...like what I said before, what might be ridiculous to one can be a bright idea to others.
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Miguel Abril
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You have awesome displays!
Fonsy
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A good and fairly inexpensive way
of displaying & storing dummies
is to use metal school bookshelves
with glass doors.

I was lucky enough to find a local place
where they could make the shelves
a bit deeper than usual.

I have pics at ...
http://vent.fonsy123.com/display.html .

Each case could hold 4 figures,
but then they become a bit cramped.

The glass doors are perfect to prevent
a certain little cat from playing with my figures.

Fonsy
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Wanlu
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Very nice!
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On 2012-10-11 17:04, marshalldoll wrote:
Actually Jeff has a few. He has a Troll style, Ollie, the Umpire and Dudley ( purchased Dudley from Dennis Alwood). The Johnny you saw in the case he traded to Bruce and Janice McElroy towards the Umpire a couple years ago. The video you saw was done quite a while ago. The Johnny in that case originally came from Dennis Alwood who sold it to Bill Nelson who sold it to Greg Claussen who sold it to Jeff. Anyway that is the story of Jeff's McElroy figures.
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