Stop for a minute and think about some of the best Ventriloquists you have ever seen. Then think about the ones that you remember that seemed the most “lifeless” and were just a puppet with a moving mouth. Even though the ventriloquist was good and did not have lip movement, if the rest of the puppet just “sat there” without moving, the act was at best only half as good as it could have been.
If the puppet is talking and telling the audience that he/she has a bad head cold and then raises his hand to rub his/her nose that is great effect for those watching. A female puppet can run her hand through her hair to show that she is (or at least thinks herself) good looking and trying to get attention.
In a children’s show, a puppet can (with posable fingers) reach up and pick his (we know that a girl would not do this) nose while clearing his throat. The possibilities are almost endless. Nothing will get a laugh from young kids like seeing someone pick their nose. It is juvenile, but it is effective for a good laugh.
The really good thing about arm rods is that considering the cost of your puppet, arm rods are very inexpensive. Ours are only $20.00 each and with a bit of practice on your part can become one of the most effective tools in your bag of tricks. Another good feature about our Arm Rods is that they are removable. Screw them in when you want them and unscrew them when they are not needed.
If the stage lights are bright, your puppet can raise his hand to shade his eyes from the lights while he is having a conversation with someone in the audience.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Sometimes it is the little things that can separate a funny act from a hilarious act.
That’s all for now folks,
Steve and JET