I'm No Dummy

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Overview

This documentary about the art of ventriloquism follows comedians like Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson, and Lynn Trefzger, exploring what attracts performers to it, how artists master the peculiar practice, and what it's like to earn your living by making puppets talk. The film also takes a look at the history of ventriloquism.
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Overview

This documentary about the art of ventriloquism follows comedians like Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson, and Lynn Trefzger, exploring what attracts performers to it, how artists master the peculiar practice, and what it's like to earn your living by making puppets talk. The film also takes a look at the history of ventriloquism.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes footage; Exclusive interviews with Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson, Lynn Trefzger and other talanet
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 883476012995
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: The Collective
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,669

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Dunham Participant
Jay Johnson Participant
Jay Johnson Participant
Lynn Trefzger Participant
Technical Credits
Bryan W. Simon Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Eliot Anders Score Composer
Marjorie Engesser Producer
Lloyd Freidus Cinematographer
Tom Ladshaw Associate Producer
Timothy T. Miller Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I'm No Dummy
1. Opening Credits [2:38]
2. Ventriloquism? [8:31]
3. Why Vent? [8:35]
4. Don't Move Your Lips [7:19]
5. There's Two of Us Here! [4:40]
6. Jay Johnson [6:04]
7. Paul Winchell [7:45]
8. SeƱor Wences [6:28]
9. Jimmy Nelson [9:51]
10. The Great Master [8:02]
11. Jeff Dunham [9:52]
12. End Credits [5:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- I'm No Dummy
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Jeff and Skinny
      World Premiere Q&A #1
      World Premiere Q&A #2
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Documentary

    When I saw this film had come out on DVD I had to check it out. Being a ventriloquist myself I anticipated it to be good. And it was!! All go over each category in the film.

    VENTRILOQUISM-This basically is just a few different vents explaining from their point of view what ventriloquism is.

    WHY VENT-This is a few different vents explaining what inspired them to do ventriloquism. One thing that I took notice of is the fact that a lot of the ones interviewed are really shy, but their personalities really come out through their characters.

    DON'T MOVE YOUR LIPS-This is basically a segment explaining how important lip control is to ventriloquism.

    THERE'S TWO OF US HERE-This segment was a real eye-opener for me since I'm a ventriloquist myself. This basically explains how you need to be careful about getting people sucked up into the illusion, and how you need to sometimes break a wall down between it being reality and fake.

    JAY JOHNSON ON SOAP-This segment is just an interview with Jay Johnson talking about how he was able to be on the show Soap.

    IT'S OLD SCHOOL-This segment profiles four different legendary vents, Paul Winchell, Senor Wences, Jimmy Nelson and Edgar Bergen. All of them have remarkable stories.

    WHERE DO DUMMIES GO WHEN THEY DIE-This is basically a segment showing the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

    IS THIS THE END OF VENTRILOQUISM-This is just a segment with different vents sharing their opinons on ventriloquism being a dying art form.

    JEFF DUNHAM-This is just a segment just showing part of a live Jeff Dunham show and it also shows how he is currently the most popular ventriloquist in the world.

    Overall I was extremely impressed with this film and I'm glad it was made because in my opinon this could show people that ventriloquism is more than just a stupid novelty act.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fascinating

    I was totally fascinated by this documentary. I never really thought that ventriloquism was more than speaking through a puppet, but after watching this documentary I realize that it is a true form of art. Also, it was really awesome to see Lamb Chop in this!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The other side of the puppets

    This was a great documentary about all aspects of ventriloquists. There was a great deal of history and education on "venting" with some great interviews and clips from some really talented ventriloquists. There were some characters that you wouldn't have even thought to be a ventriloquist act. There was some great blasts from the pasts like seeing characters from childhood like Lambchop, as well as new up and coming acts like Jeff Dunham who's been gaining popularity for the dying/underrated act of ventriloquism.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great documentary

    I loved this movie! Ventriloquism is very interesting, yet very obscure because most people overlook it. This film was interesting to say the least.

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