2. Ventriloquism is the art of "throwing" one's voice in
such a way that the sound seems to come from a
source other than the speaker. A dummy or doll is
commonly used to assist in the deception, with the
ventriloquist moving the dummy's mouth while
speaking through closed lips.
3. Ventriloquism got its start in the ancient times, around the sixth
century BC. It was supposedly believed to be a way to
communicate with the dead.
The first known ventriloquist of this type was Louis Brabant.
He was in the court of the French King Francis the First.
It became a widespread belief that the spirits of the dead went
to the stomachs of the prophets and continued to exist there.
This belief helped the prophets to foretell the future, and made
the people believe that the spirits were speaking from his or her
The spirit would make its replies from the priest's belly while the
priest's facial expression and lips remained fixed, to show the
4. Theorigin of the word "ventriloquism," is a
blend of two Latin words: "Ventre" (the belly)
and "Loqui" (to speak). Thus ventriloquists
were originally known as "belly speakers."
5. Substitution of some specific sounds (or combinations thereof) by others that
sound similar, but need no lip or chin movement.
Avoidance of those sounds which cannot easily be substituted. This is feasible
because the text to be spoken is known to the artist in advance, and he therefore
can choose synonyms for difficult words.
Keeping one's mouth almost closed (with the lips frozen in a 'keep smiling'
position), which serves to hide movements of the tongue.
Hiding the movements of the chest while breathing;
Distraction of the audience, which in itself consists of two elements:
Gesturing with some fancy puppet, which the audience is made to believe to be
Significant changes in the pitch of the speaker's voice, seemingly to better fit
together with the puppet and to distinguish between a multitude of them, but
mainly to cover the sounds that have been replaced. People will more easily
forgive a puppet for using a somewhat weird pronunciation.
6. Sound Replacement
b soft 'd' or 'g'
very soft 'th', with the tongue Sound Example Treatment
f retracted a little back from 'th' to the pp supper avoid, or try a soft 'dd'
mp ampersand avoid
m 'ng' like in 'singing'
avoid, sometimes 'kl' will
'kh' or a sound halfway between 'd'
and 't', spoken with the tongue ps lips avoid, or try 'ts' or 'ks'
touching not the teeth, but the upper avoid, sometimes 'sk'
gums. Difficult at word beginnings might work
qu quantity one more 'th' derivative
v another form of 'th' gh laughing same as 'f', replaced by 'th'
yet another 'th' variation, even softer
than the 'f' substitute
'ng', ie: same as 'm' alone, forget
about the 'b' in there
7. Cindy Robinson Keith Harris
Edgar Bergen Jay Johnson
Charlie McCarthy Kevin Johnson
Mortimer Snerd The Great Lester
Effie Klinker Ronn Lucas
Shari Lewis Sandy Powell
Lamb Chop Carla Rhodes
Jeff Dunham David Strassman
Terry Fator Jez Rose
Ray Alan Fred Russell
Peter Brough Saveen
Nina Conti Ian Saville
Otto & George David Strassman
Tom Crowl Max Terhune
Roger De Courcey Willie L. Brown
Shirley Dinsdale Willie Tyler
Jim Barber Meghan Miller
Wayne Federman Jules Vernon
Wayland Flowers Señor Wences
Ramdas Padhye Paul Winchell
Terry Hall Arthur Worsle
Paul Zerdin Satyajit Padhye
Dan Horn Karl Jeffery
8. 1939: You Can't Cheat an Honest Man - W.C. Fields comedy with Bergen &
1964: Devil Doll - Horror (British); Bryant Haliday plays an evil
1978: Magic - "A Terrifying Love Story" starring Anthony Hopkins and Ann-
1988: Pin: A Plastic Nightmare - Canadian "low-budget descendant of
1988: Child's Play - Horror; first in the Chucky series
1990: Child's Play 2
1991: Child's Play 3
1995: The Dummy - Horror; director Dante Falconi
1998: Bride of Chucky
1999: Cradle Will Rock - true drama of politics and art in the 1930's; Bill
Murray is a vent
2000: The Dummy - Horror; writer/director Steve Singleton
2002: Dummy - Adrien Brody plays a ventriloquist; writer/director Greg
2004: Seed of Chucky
2005: Dummy - Low-budget horror; writer/director Matthew Graves
10. 1949: Studio One (The Rival Dummy)
1950: The Edgar Bergen Show Featuring Charlie McCarthy
1956: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (And So Died Riabouchinska)
1957: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (The Glass Eye)
1962: Twilight Zone (The Dummy)
1964: Twilight Zone (Caesar and Me)
1990: Tales from the Crypt (The Ventriloquist's Dummy)
1990-1991: What a Dummy
13. Thank You Ms. Antra for your help, guidance,
inspiration and cooperation.
14. I Ibet you have
bet you have
enjoyed my belly
enjoyed my belly
What talk presentation!
I Ithought you were
thought you were
talking about me?
talking about me?
No, I Iwas
No, mine !!
No, mine !!