Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Throughout the year we have two times that we look forward to with eager anticipation. It will come as no surprise to most of you that one of those times is in July every year.

It is the Vent Haven ConVENTion. However, we believe that even Mark Wade would agree with us that there is one time of the year that is even more dear to us then that. It is Christmas.

In recent years there is a segment of society that has tried to destroy Christmas but that just doesn’t work for us. We understand the full significance of the holiday. We are celebrating the birth of the one who is the embodiment of all of our hopes for the future. That said, we want to take this opportunity to wish each of you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.

Take the time to sit back, sip a cup of Hot Chocolate and bask in the wonder of the lights, smells and sounds of Christmas.


Use the time wisely to spend it with friends and family. Each of us has a limited time to spend with all those who mean so much to us. Don’t squander the time. Lavish your attention and make lasting memories with the ones you love.

That is all for now,

Steve and JET

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Some Ideas for you to Consider

I think it is fairly well known that JET can do look-a-like characters when you need to get one for a specific purpose.

Recently, we had a friend contact us about a project she had in mind. Her dear father had passed and she was wanting to respectfully memorialize him. She sent us photos of him in his latter days for us to work from.

Our objective was to make the puppet as a look-a-like while at the same time capturing his personality based on what we had been told.
Here are the photos that JET worked from.


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Coming up on the Christmas Holidays Can be Stressful

Now that it is December, it is time for the traditional hustle and bustle of the season. One of the things we think of this time of year is the amount of stress that each of of sometimes feels. To that end we are recycling one of our newsletters from a couple of years ago because it has some very relevant thoughts on the subject. So here goes.

Just a little reminder this week. This holds true not only for the area of Ventriloquism, but for almost every area of life as well.

We all have times when due to hectic schedules in this fast paced life most of us lead, that we feel the world is closing in around us. At the very point when your only option seems to be to let out a heartening scream, just remind yourself that others may be having a bad day as well.

First, stop and think of something. Be glad that life is moving so quickly. A life without stress and pressure would be most boring. If nothing is going on in your world, you are living a very boring world that most certainly would be worse than death itself. Take time to be thankful for all of lifes little stresses. The alternative would be to be lonely. This is not what you want either.

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Happy Thanksgiving


This time of year, we just want to take a moment to stop and reflect on the many things we have to be Thankful for. High on our list at The Dummy Shoppe is that we are thankful for each of you as our friends in this business. Most of you in some way have contributed to another good year, and for that we are extremely grateful and thankful.

Even though this won’t reach you until the day after Thanksgiving, we want to wish each of you and your families a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Enjoy the time off with your loved ones and we will talk about more cool puppet stuff again next week.

Steve and JET

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Marketing yourself in your area

As you try to get established as a Vent in your part of
the Country, you already know most of the basics for
performing. You know that you have to have the skills of
Ventriloquism fairly well polished, but getting your first
several bookings can be a real obstacle. The “business”
side of the art can be a real tripping hazard if you don’t
take the time and effort to market yourself and your skills.

Once you begin to get known, getting more bookings becomes
much easier because every show that you do can also become
a reference to point at. This is another reason that you
cannot afford to leave less than a good taste in EVERY
customer’s mouth. But getting those first bookings can be
a real traumatic experience. Fortunately there is not a
single “right way” to go about it. You must be prepared to
try whatever works for you. Be ready to be flexible. If
you try one thing and it does not work, be prepared to try
something different. If that does not work, switch off to
yet another avenue of effort. Do NOT get discouraged.
Keep trying. You will eventually find one or more things
that do work for you.

Here are just a couple of things to try.

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