Your Puppet Inventory

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.

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Memories from this years Vent Haven Ventriloquist ConVENTion

Still enjoying the many memories from this years Vent Haven Ventriloquist ConVENTion.

As we have mentioned in the past, Ken Groves (who has coached many of the top performers) got one of our characters this year. A funny character named Joe Mugga.

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There really is a next Generation of Ventriloquists


Every now and then we get to meet one of the younger generation of Vents who really impresses us. Can’t always put a finger on why, but some of the younger generation just manage to reach out and capture your attention.

One such young Vent that we have come to know a little bit is Joey Colianni Jr. Joey began to impress us early on as we got to know him as having the drive, the love of the art form and a sincere interest in learning the craft.

Recently, I asked Joey to write a short biography on himself and tell how he became interested in the world of Ventriloquism. Here is what he sent us. Meet Joey Colianni Jr.

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Performances of Vent Haven ConVENTion 2014

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Just got back from this years Vent Haven ConVENtion. Have to say it was about the best ever. If you missed it, start making plans for next year. Mark Wade and staff just keep raising the bar with each year.

Back many moons ago, when I was much younger, it seemed like every time I got close to the television, there was always one Ventriloquist that would come on some show or the other. Laugh In was one of those shows.

Willy Tyler and his puppet Lester were on absolutely everywhere. Never got to see more than 5 or 6 minutes of him, but Willie was the Vent who for me embodied Ventriloquism.

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This Years Vent Haven ConVENTion Offerings from The Dummy Shoppe

Since so many of you have asked us to do something different this year, we are giving you a preview of the new puppets we have taken to Vent Haven.
Several of you wanted to be able to Email in and possibly buy specific puppets.  We don’t know how this will work, but we are going to give it a try.  Beside each puppet is the puppets name and price.  If someone at the show sees the puppet first and buys it, then the puppet will be gone.  If you manage to email us first and buy it, then it will be yours to be shipped next Monday.  Sounds easy, we will find out how it works.
We know that you will be at a slight disadvantage at home because the Wednesday night crowd will have already had two hours to look them over.  We will do the very best we can.
Please note – all prices are in US Dollars.
Here we go.  (Shipping is $25.00 domestic, $60.00 International)
Abby – $450
Angela – $550

Joe Mugga
Joe Mugga – $550


Marilyn – $375


Nana – $500


Ron – $350


Tibbar – $500


Reign – $200


Dragon Fly
Dragon fly -$500


Justin – $200


Tanta – $400


Cody Ak
Cody Ak – $475


Robert – $500


Apple Jack
Apple Jack – $100


Caleb (5′ 5″ tall) – $1500


Ollie Orange
Ollie Orange – $100


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