Time out for a little fun

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Although we can never get enough pictures back from you good folks, now and then we get some that are a bit unusual. Some for the pictures themselves, and some for the circumstances surrounding the pictures.

A while back we got to be friends with a gentleman named Steven van der Vyver. As we began to get to know him we found out that his idol as a youngster was Percy Sledge (a very famous musician some years ago for you who might be a bit young).

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Do you need new ideas?

We want to suggest a way for find some new ideas this week. We are not suggesting that you steal material from anyone, but now and then you want to find little ways to get new ideas to use in your show.

We have an idea for you that is very enjoyable. Simply take some time and go to Youtube. Don’t search for a particular ventriloquist. Rather just search “ventriloquists” and begin watching as many videos as you have time for. Take some notes if you spot a new technique that you can use in your act.

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Mix and Match a Puppet

From time to time we get a request from someone that shows a spark of creativity. Recently a person contacted us and asked if they could have the face of “X” puppet, and the hands of “Y” puppet, the body of “Z” puppet. The end result was a very unique creation that we would never come up with on our own just because it was so different.

While it was completely different, it did in fact turn out to be a very unique puppet that will give this person many years of good service.

The way this was done is as follows:

The person went to the website and just started going through each of the puppets we have up on the site. They settled on the look of a certain face. From there they started adding body parts from each of about six other puppets. This may not be the ticket for you, but it is an idea of how you can arrive at something that NOBODY else has anything like.

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A Holiday Reminder

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This is the time of year when we should all begin thinking about holiday bookings and shows. However, before we start seeking bookings, we should start by thinking about the right characters and material that we will want to present as our show.

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What are you doing with your left hand?

The question about what are you doing with your left hand is relevant only if your are using your right hand to hold your puppet. If you are using your left hand to hold your puppet the same question would be true of your right hand.

The reason for asking the question is that I have noticed several vents (nobody in particular) with their none puppet hand just hanging at their side looking limp and useless. The point is this. Your opposite hand needs to be doing something. It can be used to express emotion, constantly straightening the puppets legs (not our personal favorite) OR you could put it to good use by using it to control an Arm Rod (our personal favorite).

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