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Ventriloquism or belly speaking is a stagecraft in which a person, a so called ventriloquist, manipulates his or her voice in such a way that it appears the voice is coming from elsewhere.

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Terri Rogers
The Little Book of Ventriloquism by Terri Rogers

Excerpt from the foreword by Val Andrews:

Brought up as I was on Arthur Prince and Saveen, I soon realised that Miss Rogers had discovered secrets of technique quite unknown to even those hallowed 'greats'. To begin with she had brilliant material of the kind which can only be lovingly honed by years of performance. Aside from this she was, and is, the most technically skilled ventriloquist that I have ever encountered. Her lip control, pronunciation and vocal agility are wonderful to experience. The audience that night soon forgot that in fact but one artiste was involved and gave her less credit than...

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J. L. Yarka
Ventriloquism by J. L. Yarka

This rare book on ventriloquism was published by J. L. Yarka (ca. 1930s). Little is known about its history or the ventriloquist it was written by, but it makes for an interesting read and a simple guide to learn Ventriloquism. This book is subtitled "Many Splendid Hints on this Entertaining, Amusing and Interesting SCIENCE".

1st edition ~1930, PDF 5 pages.

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John Manley
Adventures of a Ventriloquist by John Manley

The magic of the voice with many hints for beginners.

From the Introduction:

For nearly the whole period of the present war I have lectured to and entertained many tens of thousands of members of H.M. Forces—men and women—in Camps, Sites and Barracks of every type, including Military Hospitals, Institutions and a multitude of children.

It is at the repeated requests of these men and women in the Forces that I am writing this little book of my ventriloquial experiences collected over a lifetime, and I am hopeful that it will act as a tonic and give encouragement to all who may be...

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David J. Lustig
La Vellma's Vaudeville Budget by David J. Lustig

For magicians, mind readers and ventriloquists

  • Thank You!
  • Practical Hints And Tips For Crystal Gazing Acts
  • A Card Wrinkle
  • Mind Reading Act Routine
  • Introductory Lecture For A Vaudeville Crystal Gazing Act
  • The Book Test
  • An Impromptu Stunt
  • And - That's Not All ...!
  • Everybody's Choice
  • The Story Of The King And Queen
  • A Mind Reading Wrinkle
  • Wineology
  • Wrinkle For Crystal Gazing Act
  • Publicity Test
  • Blackstone's Penny And Dime Trick
  • The Egg Bag
  • The Enigma Card Effect
  • A One Man Crystal Gazing Act
  • Another Card From The Rocket
  • Patter For The Mysterious Enchanted Clock
  • The Hindoo Rope...
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Paul Stadelman
For Ventriloquists Only by Paul Stadelman

Professional dialogues

  • Introduction
  • Who's Crooked?
  • School Daze
  • Just Laughs
  • Hotel And Restaurant
  • Quizology
  • Some Closing Thoughts

1st edition 1964; updated 1966; 1st digital edition 2016, 29 pages.

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Robert W. Doidge
Secrets of Ventriloquism by Robert W. Doidge

From the introduction:

These instructions are based on the methods used by many artists who have become eminently successful in the field of ventriloquism and who, like yourself, had to get their start from such textbooks as were available. I have been told on numerous occasions by both amateurs and professionals that they received their first instructions in the art from La Vellma's Vaudeville Ventriloquism, of which I was co-author and published in 1920. Dealers who listed this book, now out of print, for years recommended it as the standard textbook on ventriloquism and they have repeatedly asked for a new edition. Finally,...

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Terri Rogers
How To Be A Ventriloquist by Terri Rogers

Rogers teaches twelve lessons and shares two scripts:

  • PLAYING TRUANT
  • MISCHIEVOUS LITTLE BROTHER
The lessons cover not only the mechanics and techniques of producing sounds from an apparently closed mouth, but also topics such as breathing, care of teeth, mouth and throat, dress and personal appearance as well as how to find original material and develop an act. Included are also more advanced techniques such as drinking while speaking or having the dummy cry.

PDF 25 pages.

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Roger Woods & Maurice S. Howarth
Josephine Langley Lady Ventriloquist: The story of Mrs Edward Howarth by Roger Woods & Maurice S. Howarth

The fascinating true story of the Lancashire mill girl, Mrs Edward Howarth who became a music hall artiste as Josephine Langley, an accomplished ventriloquist. She was particularly popular during the First World War with her patriotic 'Soldier Act'. The family emigrated to America but returned to England after many adventures during the Prohibition era.

1st edition 2008, 1st digital edition 2013, 34 pages.

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David J. Lustig & Robert W. Doidge
Vaudeville Ventriloquism by David J. Lustig & Robert W. Doidge

From the Preface:

This book was written with an object in view. Namely to set right the many folks who have voiced a desire to become ventriloquists but after reading books on the subject have been at a loss just how to go about studying this fascinating art. The lessons arranged in this work are framed so that anyone possessing good vocal chords and who are willing to devote the necessary time and patience to studying the art can become ventriloquial entertainers. The authors know that everything found in this work is practical and trust those interested will profit by the contents of the...

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Kevin Davie
Ventriloquism by Kevin Davie

An interesting ebook on all aspects of ventriloquism, written by a true artist in this field - Kevin Davie of South Africa.

He devotes the first section of his ebook to the technique of ventriloquism, including breathing and the voice. Then he discusses the figure, the methods to bring it to life, so that it becomes your partner in the act. This section also covers dialogue and novelty ventriloquist devices.

Performing for children and for adults, and the art of singing while doing the act are carefully explained, plus the near-distant voice and distant voice, and the muffled voice. These...

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Wolfgang Riebe
52 Vent Acts by Wolfgang Riebe
  • A must have for all Ventriloquists
  • 52 Complete routines
  • Will suit various puppets
Even if you are just searching for new gags to use in your present routine, this ebook is jam packed full of a variety of great items. The dialogues have been written in such a way that they will suit any kind of vent doll and personality.

A massive number of topics are covered. You will find something for all tastes and occasions, including: General, On Stage, Hobbies, More School, Famous, Sport, Family, General Cheekiness, Sick, Airplanes, School Again, The Problem, Marriage, Interview, Holidays, Mr....

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George Schindler
Listen and Learn Ventriloquism by George Schindler

A 12 lesson course to introduce the beginner to the art of ventriloquism. George Schindler teaches all sounds to create the entire alphabet in 12 lessons. Listen to hear how the sounds are made. Includes a comedy script. Suitable for young people and adults.

In addition to the 12 lessons in MP3 format you also get a PDF where each lesson is described in words.

runtime: half hour

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George Blake
George Blake: The Conjuring Ventriloquist by George Blake

Listen to the fascinating life story of George Blake and use the effects and subtleties that he offers. You will find a range of usable material and routines; each of which has been used and featured by George and others. A happy mixture of magical memories and practical material. Recorded in 1979, short before Blake died.

This is a licensed reproduction of the famous Magicassette and MagiCD series created by Martin Breese - now owned by Lybrary.com.

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Val Andrews
Sherlock Holmes and The Prince of Ventriloquists by Val Andrews

A new century has dawned and for Holmes it signifies that he is soon to retire to Sussex to keep bees. Inspector Lestrade is already retired but looking for work as a store detective when he is informed of events concerning Arthur Prince, The Prince of Ventriloquists, which are so singular that he calls upon Holmes who demonstrates that his deductive powers are still as sharp as ever. Arthur Prince’s stage puppet has been stolen from his locked dressing room only to reappear some hours later. This strange event has now occurred on three different occasions, but stranger still is the fact that...

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Alan Allan & Paul Romhany
Ventriloquist Scripts for Dummies by Alan Allan & Paul Romhany

This is a ventriloquist script ebook for the modern ventriloquist. All the material is original and written by Paul Romhany and Alan Allan. It contains six complete scripts for today's working ventriloquist ... great modern scripts for corporate, comedy clubs, cruise ships etc.

1st edition 2004; 40 pages

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Paul Romhany
Walk-about Ventriloquism by Paul Romhany

When this book appeared in the early 90s it was one of the top selling ventriloquist marketing books. For anybody wanting to make money from ventriloquism Paul reveals how he made a full time living by doing walk-about ventriloquism. He was able to secure long term gigs which became the bread and butter for his professional career. Now you can enjoy this as ebook.

"It is rare to find an ebook that tells you everything you need to know to get started and become successful in a given field, but this ebook does exactly that. If you learn and apply the information Paul so generously provides...
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