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July 2017 - Posts

Another "My Favorite Figure" Segment is Almost Ready

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: You can’t look high at work if you’re high 24/7.

Above: Before the camera rolls, Dale works on memorizing his lines for a “My favorite figure” segment for Vent Haven Museum.

Another “My Favorite Figure” Segment is Being Readied for Vent Haven Museum

Dale recently recorded his second, “My favorite figure” segment for Vent Haven Museum. Vent Haven will air the segment sometime in the Fall.

This time Dale featured “Louie the Jockey,” a figure made and used by ventriloquist Chris Cross. Chris was a headliner around the world including an opening act for Christine Jorgensen at the Moulin Rouge, in Paris.

Chris appeared on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town in 1948 and was a frequent guest of Sullivan’s throughout his long run on television.

“Louie” was originally dressed as a cowboy. But when Chris purchased a horse farm near Ft. Mitchell, KY, he decided to change the character to a jockey. Ironically, Dale created his own jockey character nearly 20 years ago and named his character “Louie,” without any knowledge of Chris Cross’ character.  So he was fascinated to discover Chris’ “Louie” during one of our visits to the museum.

The character to Louie’s right, in the photo above, was also created and used by Chris Cross. She has some unusual moving parts, that you’ll have to see in person to appreciate.

Every one of the over 900 figurers at Vent Haven was part of a team and has history to share, and stories to tell. It’s impossible to take everything in during one visit. That’s why we go back every year.

It’s nice to know that I’ll have a nice home to retire to once Dale kicks the bucket.

Funny “How Too Remove Hair from Your Tools”


Here’s a comical ad for the new Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium Body man-scape razor. It keeps your “stuff” looking tidy without the worry of nicking a nut. “Things will be easier to find and handle.”

Airline Seat Assignment Process


Vintage Sexist Ad


If he loves your mind, why does the ad show you in a bathing suit?

LOL (I promise) Glove and Boots Word of the Week


Okay, if you don’t laugh that this 90 second video, there’s something wrong with you.




Dale's ConVENTion Interview for Vice Media

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: It’s always easy to fall asleep on a couch unless you’re trying to fall asleep on a couch.


Dale’s Convention Interview for Vice Media




While at the Ventriloquist’s ConVENTion, Dale was interviewed by Taji Ameen, a personality for Vice Media. The program will be a documentary on the convention and will air sometime in the fall. During the interview Taji asked Dale to teach him how to manipulate a puppet and to give him tips on how to become a ventriloquist and puppet manipulator … 40 years of experience condensed to 10 minutes. Quite a challenge.




Taji seemed a bit surprised to discover that the skills needed to operate a puppet and throw one’s voice was a lot more difficult than he had anticipated.  But he, Dale and the video crew shared some good laughs during the taping.  Eventually Taji figured out how to open his puppet’s mouth once for every syllable, but he seemed to have a difficult time making his puppet look anywhere but up at the ceiling.


Chip Shot 


This was my first attempt at face painting. Her mother was not impressed.

Is This False Advertising?




Life’s Challenges



If you’re a parent, it’s probably impossible to watch this Commerce Bank ad without smiling.

Signs That Caught My Glass Eye


















Puppet Head Colonel Sanders Takes Your Order

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Got a new set of golf clubs for my wife. Good trade.


Puppet Head Colonel Sanders Takes Your Order


Puppets are nearly always good for sales. So, say hello to … and maybe eventually order some fried chicken from—H.A.R.L.A.N.D., an animatronic Colonel Sanders head that is designed to pop up and take your order at a KFC drive-thru.  Here he’s promoting Fried Chicken Day.


Or KFC could just use some beef cake like this "Tender Wings of Desire." to sell chicken to moms.

Funny UPS Ad Featuring Ferrari Drivers Raikkonen and Vettel


If you’re in to F1 racing, here is a pretty funny ad featuring teammates Iimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Vintage Car Ads


Today’s political correctness has made it very hard for creatives to come up with ads that are clever, entertaining and effective, because someone always seems to find something that offends them.  As a result, today’s ads are usually bland and forgettable.

Today the Porsche ad above would undoubtedly be seen as “encouraging speeding.” And the MG ad below would probably be picketed by feminists.


Funny Driver Vs Dog 


But this ad for Genesis gives a good try at being entertaining. “Excellence Worth Protecting.”

Poorly Named Products




I don't even know what this is??
























TBF:Thanksgiving Tips to Make You Laugh

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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These Thanksgiving Tips will Make You Laugh


If you want to laugh today watch these Thanksgiving Tips from Conan O’Brien’s Bill Tull.  The longer you watch, the funnier it gets. You’re welcome.


She's Just Like Barbie, but Normal




The Lammily doll has the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman's body. Not only does Lammily have a normal waistline ... she also comes with a sticker extension pack, in case you want to add moles or acne or even cellulite. Yeah, that’ll attract little girls.

To illustrate the point that reality is cool, the creator of Lammily created this clever video that transforms a Lammily doll into a Barbie doll via Photoshop. It’s a very clever play off videos we've seen dating all the way back to Dove's "Evolution."

What’s impressive about this product is that Nickolay Lamm, creator of the doll, raised half a million dollars via crowdfunding.

There’s a Statue for Everything


According to Wikipedia, this is the only monument to the enema in the entire world. It features a 360 kilogram brass syringe bulb held aloft by three angels. It is located at the Mashuk spa in Inozemtsevo, Russia.

Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/#storylink=cpyHoliday

Holiday Candy Corn


In case you didn’t get your fill during Halloween, they now make a holiday version of candy corn. It’s corn … that tastes like candy … or at least it’s supposed to taste like candy.

The Brach’s version is called Candy cane corn, which is flavored with peppermint oil. Candy Blog’s Cybele compares it favorably to the filling of a peppermint patty, or a nice after-dinner mint. If it’s peppermint-flavored, why does it have to be labeled candy cane corn when there are no candy canes anywhere to be found? That is one of the great mysteries of marketing, I suppose.

Watch the Corner Where Dale Crashed

For our car and racing enthusiasts, here’s a short clip from the movie 'Super Speedway,' covering the 1996 season of Newman/Haas racing in CART. Paul Newman narrates as Michael Andretti tests his Lola at Road America.

The last shot shows Michael spinning at turn 1, at Road America. The reason I point this out, is that that turn 1 is the same turn Dale (the guy who stands behind me), touched another car just before entering that corner, and ended up totaling his racecar … which we had to explain to him later in the hospital.



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