The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » I'm a real boy! » » Puppet advice (1 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

Shoshin
View Profile
New user
3 Posts

Profile of Shoshin
Hi All,

It seems this board is quite quiet, but I would appreciate some advice from whomever is around.

I'm just getting back into vent after many, many years of not doing it. I've definitely caught the performing bug again, and I wish to really progress and improve. Now, I'm not nor do I wish to be a professional performer. I have a fine day job. While I have performed locally around the community, I'm not looking to make money. But, that does not mean I don't want to be a really good ventriloquist. I want to be the best I can be, and I want to honor the art, not to mention I don't want to embarrass myself!

I currently use an "off the rack" puppet. It's really nice, cute, and has so far served my needs. But, I'm now considering getting a custom-made puppet. I have this idea that I won't be a "real" vent without a professionally built puppet. But, then, of course, cost is an issue. I also think how Nina Conti has done amazingly well with a toy monkey that many people have. Now, I am in no way comparing myself to her, but it does make me think of years ago when I played the saxophone. Many players obsessed about their instruments and were almost OCD about their equipment. But, there were always the more rational musicians who said it is always more about the player than the instrument. A great player can make great music even with a mediocre instrument.

I'm thinking it's kind of the same with ventriloquists and their puppets. So, I'm wondering what others think about this. Can a great vent still be a great vent without a pro custom-made puppet?
Russo
View Profile
Special user
So.California / Centl.Florida
837 Posts

Profile of Russo
Today I'm 83 - at 14, Mom bought me a Jerry Mahony(sp?)- used for years - 1990 I built my own - muppet style. in fact he's sitting right across the room from me,- he doesn't talk back (yet) but good company in this 'isolation' and fun practice. I also made one from a nice size Lion Doll - able to open stomach -up into mouth with hand moving top and bottom of the mouth (mouth was separated ) so, maybe you could find something that would work like that.- wish my only P/C, a lap top could show pictures. Best Wishes - take care of yourself and Yours Ralph(russo)Rousseau
Animated Puppets
View Profile
Loyal user
Lost on a Green Screen
291 Posts

Profile of Animated Puppets
I don't vent but I do work with puppets.

Shari Lewis worked for years with a sock on her hand named Lambchop, so as long as you can bring the puppet to life then it works.
Image
Life's like a movie, write your own ending...
Russo
View Profile
Special user
So.California / Centl.Florida
837 Posts

Profile of Russo
Yes, before I got Jerry, then MADE Rusty, around age 12, made a couple Sock puppets - Easy and fun. You have fun too. RR
bobinsdakota
View Profile
New user
60 Posts

Profile of bobinsdakota
Axtell is awesome...I highly recommend them.
Animated Puppets
View Profile
Loyal user
Lost on a Green Screen
291 Posts

Profile of Animated Puppets
I have a couple from Axtell but buy mostly from Pavlov these days.

http://www.pavlovspuppets.com/new_puppets.htm
Image
Life's like a movie, write your own ending...
Shoshin
View Profile
New user
3 Posts

Profile of Shoshin
Thank you all for your replies.
Russo
View Profile
Special user
So.California / Centl.Florida
837 Posts

Profile of Russo
Well, Rusty is still sitting across the room from me - and with all this isolation - he still hasn't talked back to me. Funny, though, He's still a comfort -or am I going Mad ?? Ralph
o2b2b2
View Profile
New user
51 Posts

Profile of o2b2b2
Character and routine can count for more than a nice puppet. Sr. Wences and Edgar Bergen both used their hands with eyes drawn on them and an attached small body. Shari Lewis' Lambchop wasn’t much more than a sock. Ron Lucas used a sock-like turtle head with a board that had a shell drawn on it. Some figures can for sure get a reaction by their look, but after that initial appearance, the material needs to be there. Don’t get caught up in wanting a new expensive figure when you can do so much with less. They can be nice to have, but unless you’re at a vent convention, the audience is not going to know how much you spent on a puppet or who made it. They will, however, remember how funny you were and how lifelike you made the figure.
Shoshin
View Profile
New user
3 Posts

Profile of Shoshin
Very true, o2b2b2. Thank you.
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » I'm a real boy! » » Puppet advice (1 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.08 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL