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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
Mannequin American views and guidelines on marketing/PR trends, news from the world of puppets and ventriloquism, bits of humor and other interesting but useless information. I post every Tuesday and Friday.
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May 2018 - Posts


A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Alcohol is never the answer. But it does make you forget the question.

Trash and Trinkets from the Royal Wedding


There are a lot of weird items for sale that tie in with the Royal Wedding.  You may struggle to choose between Crown Jewels condoms, dead-eyed commemorative dolls, and even a celebratory sick bag.


I rounded up a few of the weirdest things for sale.




Someday your prince with cum.










Best Sign of the Week

Clever Marketing



Design Miscue



Sip Slow!!

Grant Thornton: Status Go (Cocktail - :30) from gyro on Vimeo.

Grant Thornton has come out with new commercials that are really entertaining. I think this one is the best and the funniest.



ConVENTion Reflections 8 ... A Great Man

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot:Vegetarian” is an old Indian term meaning “bad hunter.”




ConVENTion Reflections 8 … a Great Man


A continuing Tuesday hodge-podge of photos we’ve collected from nearly 40 years of attending Ventriloquist ConVENTions.




For many years the Vent Haven Museum Board of Advisors took turns chairing the Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion. Believe me, it’s not an easy task.


Then, nearly 15 years ago, Mark Wade volunteered to become the perennial ConVENTion Chairperson … and everyone cheered … and we’ve been cheering ever since!




Dale and I have lectured with Mark, performed with Mark, written books with Mark, traveled with Mark, been on panels with Mark, filled in when Mark asked us to, and in general, helped bail him out and make him look good, for many, many years.


During all those years ... not once, has Mark picked up a check.




I think most people who attend the ConVENTion quickly realize that the person who does the real work, who keeps things going while letting Mark believe he’s in charge, is Jodi Wade.




A rare photo at Vent Haven--of Dale dressed better than Mark.




Above: Mark lets himself go and laughs at a comment made by Chip Martin during a co-lecture with Dale on Audience Participation.




Dale and I were in attendance when a convention attendee labeled Mark, “A great man.” I’m sorry I don’t remember who that attendee was. But the title “A great man,” has stuck … and we’ve had a lot of fun with it … and now Mark believes it to be fact.




Dale, Leslie, Jodie and Mark waiting for the start of Terry Fator’s show in Cincinnati. I’d identify the others in the photo … but you know who you are.




If you don’t think Mark gets confused occasionally, here he is in a photo of first-time conVENTion attendees. (For the record, it was Mark’s 40th ConVENTion.)




Dan Horn and Jim Barber deliver the bad news that a conVENTion sign has been damaged. Mark delivers the bad news that Dan and Jim will have to pay for it.




One of Mark’s favorite activities is putting up with all of the media that show up at each conVENTion. (Truth be told, it’s his least favorite duty.)




With the W.S. Berger Award, Mark graciously acknowledges the efforts of others who go above and beyond in promoting the art of ventriloquism, giving of their time and talents to help others, supporting the ConVENTion and assisting Vent Haven. Last year Mark recognized our good friend, and well-deserved recipient, Chuck Lyons. (We’re still waiting for ours.)




Nine losers and a great man.



























Famous Finger Collection ... for Your Prostate

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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From Dale Brown’s Muppet collection, “Fozzie the ventriloquist.”

Chip Shot: The fact that poo doesn’t smell until it’s out of the body is severely underrated.

Questionable Marketing





Science World Facts



People You’re Allowed to Despise




Famous Finger Collection



In this hilarious ad from Prostate Cancer Canada, doctors are testing a new line of prostate exam gloves modelled after fingers of famous people. 

Hilarious Pornhub Socks Ad (SFW)



Brilliant and funny. “You may go solo, but you come hard.” Introducing Pornhub Socks: The first pro apparel for your feet and your hands.



















ConVENTion Reflections 7

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: If your identical twin got plastic surgery, it would be hard not to feel a little insulted.


I have no idea why Annie is so shocked with what is playing on the video in Building One at Vent Haven Museum?  Puppet porno? Worse yet, maybe it’s a routine by Al Getler!


ConVENTion Reflections 7


A continuing TBT hodge-podge of photos we’ve collected from nearly 40 years of attending Ventriloquist ConVENTions. 




What a star-studded Saturday Night Show this was! Jim Barber, Todd Oliver, Willie Tyler and Lynn Trefzger-Joy.




I Met Willie Tyler in Milwaukee: When I was first starting out in vent, Willie was scheduled to appear on the Comedy Stage at Summerfest, in Milwaukee. I called the hotel that he was staying at and surprisingly, got right through to him. Willie had never met me and had no idea who I was. I simply said I was a fan who was a vent, and I’d really like to meet him. He invited me to breakfast with him at the hotel, the next morning. That was the first time I met Willie. Fortunately for me, he was as nice and as gracious as could be. Fortunately for him, I was not a dangerous stalker.

Several years later, when Willie was appearing at the ConVENTion, I accompanied him on a media tour in Cincinnati as we cabbed from one radio station to another for scheduled radio interviews promoting Willie and the ConVENTion. He didn’t remember meeting me in Milwaukee, but I made sure he knew how important that meeting had been for me, and how much I appreciated his advice.


Here is a link to Willie’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.




From Building Two at Vent Haven: Bottom center photo is of Willie Tyler and Lester between Carter and Regan puppets.


The upper middle photo is of Jeff Dunham while he was appearing in Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney. Lower left photo is of Johnny Carson, who started out as a ventriloquist and magician. Upper right photo is … embarrassing (Dale with first Chip Martin). (Photo used with permission of Vent Haven Museum.)




An early photo of Johnny Carson, ventriloquist and magician. (In building two of Vent Haven there are photos of a number of well-known celebrities, who you'd be surprised to learn started out as ventriloquists, or who dabbled in the art.




Singer, actor and radio star, Rudy Valee, was also enamored with ventriloquism and ventriloquist figures.  I think Jeff Dunham now owns the McElroy figure in the back. (Could be wrong about that, but this is the internet, so by tomorrow it’ll be fact.)

You Get to Know the Nicest People at a ConVENTion

Mexico’s Nacho Estrada … to know him is your good fortune.  I think we’ve been friends for nearly 25 years.


Motley crew at the Drawbridge. Dale, Chris, Dan and Stephen.


If you don’t know Harold Crocker and Butch, you’ve never been to a vent conVENTion. I don’t remember ever not seeing Harold at a conVENTion. I think he started attending when he was 2.

Here is Harold on Ted Mack’s Amatuer Hour.


Colin Dymond, owner of Ace of Diamonds Magic Company in Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K. and Lisa Sweasy, curator of Vent Haven.




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