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September 2017 - Posts

Funny Invisible Man Ad for Audi

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Sometimes the best birth control is just good lighting.


“They Even Made a Statue of Me” … Funny Invisible Man Ad for Audi


In this fun one-and-a-half minute ad, Audi presents one of the biggest movie characters in history: The Invisible Man. This once great star that filled the big screen for years, now wants to turn his career around and star in a car movie. However he faces an obstacle: the new self-driving technology, Audi piloted driving.

Signs That Caught My Glass Eye






Vintage Ad


Game Boy ads were really strange.

Mario’s Word of the Week


This week’s word has over 400 definitions in the Oxford Dictionary.














Danny Jones Adopts Original Chip Martin to Help Fund New Museum

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: To this day the guy who used to bully me at school still takes my lunch money. On the plus side, he makes great Subway sandwiches.

Dale Brown, left, visits with Danny L. Jones of Camden after Jones adopted Brown’s ventriloquist figure, Chip Martin, at the 41st Annual Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTion. 

Danny Jones Adopts Original Chip Martin to Help Fund New Museum

Reprinted from the Camden News
by Patric Flannigan, Staff Writer

At the recent 41st Annual Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTion held July 12-15 in Hebron, Kentucky, Camden native and CeonVENTion staff member Danny L. Jones adopted four dummies from the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, to help fund a project for a new museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, according to a news release from Jones.

Vent Haven, the world’s only museum dedicated to ventriloquism, launched its first capital funds campaign at the conVENTion.

Jones adopted four dummies; Chip Martin, #179, Woody DeForrest #244, Jenkins Boy #563, and Reese Boy #671, helping to make the “Adopt a Dummy” program an instant success with more than 200 dummies being adopted, and than $10,000 being raised for the campaign.

Vent Haven’s goal for the campaign is a new 14,000 square foot facility to create a state-of-the-art museum experience for its tourists, and a state-of-the-art environment for its massive collection and archives, the news release states.

By donating $50 to the museum, ConVENTion attendees chose a dummy to sponsor. They received an “I Adopted a Dummy” pin and the dummy’s photo.

Additionally, a cord acknowledging the sponsor sits in the adopted dummy’s lap for a year and the sponsor will be acknowledged on the museum’s social media accounts.

“We want to thank the ventriloquists who attended the ConVENTion and participated in our campaign launch. Their enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment to Vent Haven is the corner stone to making our vision for the new museum a reality,” said museum curator Lisa Sweasy.

Funny New Canadian Ad for VW Tiguan


In this humorous video an SUV owner continues to see a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan everywhere he drives and his SUV comes to life and does everything it can to get in the way of its owner falling in love with the All-New Tiguan. Clearly, he can’t help himself.

Creative Marketing?




Photo Miscues












Meet the Mom and Daughter Duo Behind Darci's Puppets ... MAT Puppets

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Any book can be a coloring book if it’s not yours.




Meet the Mom and Daughter Duo Behind Darci Farmer’s Puppets … MAT Puppets

(Full disclosure, Mary Ann Taylor and Melissa Taylor also make all of Dale’s soft characters.)

After the winner of "America's Got Talent" was crowned, the world now knows the name of Darci Lynne Farmer, the 12-year-old singing ventriloquist who captured the hearts of America and the million-dollar prize money that came with the title. But what you might not know is that one of the on-stage puppets she performed with is actually from our area.


"Oscar," the cute mouse puppet she carried on stage with her through a variety of performances on the show, was made by a mother-daughter duo in Salem. Mom Mary Ann Taylor and Melissa Taylor operate MAT Puppets. They are just as excited about Darci winning as the rest of Darci's family.


"You kind of feel like you are part of Team Darci,” Melisa said.


"I get nervous when I see them perform. Just like I'm the mother... watching my child up there,” said Mary Ann, who started the business 30 years ago after her husband decided to entertain, becoming a ventriloquist.


"We were just thrilled to death that Oscar got to be on camera with Darci,” Mary Ann said.


Her husband soon after gave the hobby up, but Mary Ann kept going, becoming a world-renowned puppet maker. She said as soon as she found that Darci would be performing with Oscar on "America’s Got Talent," she was glued to the television every night it aired.


"We would get excited. We were encouraging all of our friends to vote and all of that, and it wasn't because we made the puppet, it's because we love Darci,” Melissa said.


Both women worked with Darci and her mother to create the perfect puppets. “She is one of the sweetest children you will ever meet,” Mary Ann said. “She has a talent on the inside and the out. I think that will truly shine that she is the real deal.”


While you won't see a storefront in Salem, their creations are widely known internationally in the ventriloquist world.


"I think a lot of people who know what we do don't quite realize the global reach we have. I would say about half of our business is international,” Melissa said.


"We fly under the radar and we just enjoy going out to our office and clipping foam and making the puppets and have no problem with the others getting the spotlight,” Mary Ann said.


Like parents proud of their creation and their new-found friend Darci, they say the pair's introduction was fate. Darci found Oscar through a mutual friend who happened to be Darci's coach, Gary Owen. Gary had previously purchased Oscar from MAT Puppets.


“Ventriloquists often fall in love with a puppet, but don’t know what they will do with it yet. They may not have a plan for it yet, but know they have to have it. Almost like what we would do with a pair of shoes,” Melissa said. "Gary happened to have one of our little figures sitting around his house that he just liked but didn't have plans for... this little mouse puppet. As he was working with Darci and Darci needed another figure, it was just a little match. There was this little mouse that Gary had in his home that needed a job, and Darci needed another figure. She was going out on these auditions. So Oscar found his home. Sometimes it's just serendipity."


A match that just made Darci $1 million richer/


There are many famous MAT Puppets out in the world already -- characters you probably already know. MAT Puppets have quite the famous clientele, including Darci's idol, another singing ventriloquist, Terry Fator, who won "America’s Got Talent" in a previous season. The duo performed together this season.


There’s also a viral video of a puppet Donald Trump floating around on YouTube. He’s MAT-made, a custom job from a client the Taylors would not reveal. Comedic sensation Jeff Dunham also has a MAT original. Peanut, his puppet, was also created by MAT, and reproduced multiple times whenever he needs a replacement.


“He is just the nicest guy,” Mary Ann said.


The two explained that although they create the body of the puppet, it's really up to each ventriloquist to bring these puppets to life. Each puppet can take weeks or even months to make, because of the labor-intensive process. They said their quickest turnout, however, was three days. The two work with each client to custom-design the features of the puppets to really give them that sense of character.


"I love people bringing them alive,” Mary Ann said, admitting that was her favorite part. She said she especially loves creating her own, and taking them to a yearly ventriloquist convention. “I love it when someone finds one that I have created just how I like and can give it a personality.”


Melissa said it’s hard to count how many they make each year, but she estimates around 30, give or take some. Growing up watching her mother, Mary Ann says Melissa is taking the lead these days. She has become an expert in her mother’s trade. It’s a full-time business for the duo that's not only providing a career for others around the world, but now has made one of their clients a millionaire.


"I am so thrilled that we can make a product that people can go to nursing homes, schools, cruise lines and they can make a living and support their families. That thrills me,” Mary Ann said.


Hilarious Clown Appearance in Specsavers Ad

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: My career as a karate instructor was cut short when parents found out I was totally unqualified and just enjoyed kicking children.




Hilarious Clown Appearance in Specsavers Ad

Here’s a really funny way to promote Specsavers free hearing tests.

Funny Taylor Swift Now Video


Taylor Swift kickboxes Andy Samberg through a wall in this pretty interesting ad promoting Taylor Swift Now and Direct TV NOW.



Getting Creative at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Typical tourist photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


A little more creative approach.


Maybe a little over the top.

Creative Pet Food Ad … the Proof is in the Poop!

Chris Rock Hilariously Explains, “How Not to Get Your Assed Kicked by the Police” (NSFW)


Funny, because it’s true. Click here to see Chris Rock’s tips for how not to get your assed kicked by the police. (NSFW)





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