We are sure that most of you are already aware that Darci Lynne has moved on to the Semi-Finals at America’s Got Talent. She performed on Tuesday and the results came out on Wednesday of this week.
For all of you who voted for her, Thank You. Now we have to all band together the next time she performs and vote Vote VOTE. Remember, any time any Ventriloquist does well, it is good for the entire industry of Ventriloquism.
On another quick note, we just posted 10 new puppets this week that are available for immediate shipment. Already 2 have sold. Take a minute and check them out. JET is working very hard to try and get the inventory up for your viewing pleasure.
The question has come up that some folks want to know how to use their puppet to show emotion. This is a good thing in that if your puppet has emotions, then it is much more believable that the puppet is actually “alive”.
There are many ways to show emotion. As you speak to your puppet, the puppet can visibly inhale and then give a great big sigh. Make sure as the puppet inhales that you raise the puppet up.
To understand this, you need to practice this yourself. Sit with your shoulders hunched over. Now take a great big long breath. Notice as you do this that as your bodies balloon inflates (lungs), the stomach swells and the shoulders raise up.
From time to time we all need to take stock of where we are in relation to the puppets we have. In order to do this, it is important that we take all of our puppets out at one time and put them in a line-up (like the little fun loving criminals they are).
Now that you have all of them out, make the first pass through the collection and separate all the puppets that only pertain to Holidays. If you have a Santa puppet, or a Frankenstein etc. put them all in a group. They are “safe”. You will always find a use for them at the holiday season for which they were purchased.
Now take a look at the rest of the puppets you have. What we are looking for are the “dated” puppets. If you have one or more that are relics of a time in society that has gone by, put them in a separate group. It does not mean that they have to go away, but it does mean that for most of your audiences, they would not be relevant.
For instance, if you have a Richard Nixon puppet, he would go into this group. Nixon humor is so old it is stale and no longer funny. Maybe you don’t even have any puppets in this category. That is to your credit.
Another very entertaining event that we got to watch was the International Show In all the years that we have been coming, this show has been MC’d by Dr. Stevo Schuling from Germany. Much to our surprise Dr. Stevo was unable to attend this year due to his medical schedule.
Just got home from VHC late last Sunday and took a couple of days to rest up.
So many things to talk about, but we will have to do just one thing at a time. On Saturday night we always have the big professionals show. These performers are usually seasoned performers with years of experience under their belts.
This year was the exception. The level of polish was as high as always, but in the case of one very gifted young lady the age was on the low side. We were blessed with the performance of Darcy Lynne. unfortunately, we were not able to video her performance due to the rules of the ConVENTion, but we do have a video of her using her puppet “Edna Doorknocker” at a venue in Oklahoma.