Ventriloquism: Magic with Your Voice

Overview


One of the world's most famous magicomedians and ventriloquists discusses every aspect of his art and reveals tricks of the trade. George Schindler, the Dean of the Society of American Magicians, has kept audiences spellbound for more than forty years. In this guide for beginners and experienced ventriloquists alike, he defines the art and offers practical advice as well as inspiration.
Starting with basic "vent" techniques, Schindler discusses the cultivation of a variety...
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Overview


One of the world's most famous magicomedians and ventriloquists discusses every aspect of his art and reveals tricks of the trade. George Schindler, the Dean of the Society of American Magicians, has kept audiences spellbound for more than forty years. In this guide for beginners and experienced ventriloquists alike, he defines the art and offers practical advice as well as inspiration.
Starting with basic "vent" techniques, Schindler discusses the cultivation of a variety of voices and explains how to make puppets appear lifelike. He also presents helpful suggestions for putting an act together, developing comedy material and scripts, and even handling bookings and publicity. Thirty-eight figures and photos illustrate basic and advanced techniques in addition to puppets and their movements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486477602
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Series: Dover Magic Books Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 431,403
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword
1. Ventriloquism
  What Is It?
  When Did Ventriloquism Begin?
  Photo Gallery 1
2. Basic Techniques
  How We Produce Sound
  Take a Deep Breath
  Put on a Happy Face
  Change Your Voice
  Vent Alphabet
3. Substitute Sounds
  Letter W
  Letter F
  Alternate F Sound
  Letter V
  Alternate V Sound
  Letter M
  Letter B
  Letter P
4. Choosing Your Partner
  Ventriloquial Figures
  Moving the Mouth
  Mechanical Movements
  Taking Care of Your Figure
5. Animation
6. Anything Can Talk
  Using Puppets
  Other Puppet Ideas
7. Ventriloquial Novelties
8. The Distant Voice
9. The Muffled Voice
10. The Telephone Voice
  A Phone Routine
11. Tricks of the Trade
12. Putting Your Act Together
  Selecting Material
  Writing Your Own Material
  Routining and Timing
  Showmanship
  Stagecraft
13. Selling the Act
  Bookings
  Publicity
14. Comedy Material
  Opening Lines
  Ad-Libs
  Lines for Hecklers
  Songs and Poems
  Parodies
  Double Gags
15. Short Scripts
  The Baby-Sitter
  Baseball
  Nursery Rhymes
  Sailing
  Moving Day
  Spanish Astronaut
  Safete Script: Cross at the Green
  Talking Crow
  Libraries
  An Interview
16. Photo Gallery 2
Bibliography
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