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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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