How To Become A Ventriloquist (Edgar Bergen)


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This easy-to-follow manual, designed especially for aspiring amateur ventriloquists, offers expert advice from an internationally renowned performer. Edgar Bergen reveals the secrets of his trade, sharing helpful tips on “near” ventriloquism, the doll-dummy, hand puppets, shadowgraphs and cardboard dummies, staging and entertainment, “distant” ventriloquism, and much more.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, the internationally renowned performer Edgar Bergen entertained millions with his skills as a ventriloquist, “chatting” with his even better-known wooden dummy, Charlie McCarthy. In this easy-to-follow guide, designed especially for aspiring amateur ventriloquists, Bergen shares the secrets of a craft that continues to amuse and delight audiences around the world.

After an informative and inspiring introduction, Bergen discusses “near” ventriloquism, the technique performers use to create the illusion of life in a moving, speaking puppet. Successive chapters focus on uses of the doll-dummy, hand puppets, shadowgraphs, and cardboard dummies. Bergen also offers valuable tips on staging, execution of “distant” ventriloquism, and much more.

Forty-eight illustrations enhance this practical compilation of helpful hints and expert advice from one of the great masters of the art. With the help of this simple guide, even beginners can develop mesmerizing ventriloquism routines that will amaze family and friends.

Dover unabridged republication of the edition published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1938.

Forty-eight black-and-white illustrations. 125 pages, paperbound, first Dover edition, 2000.