A Complete Guide to Ventriloquism: Principles, Practice and Performance

A Complete Guide to Ventriloquism: Principles, Practice and Performance

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ISBN-13: 9781463684372
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2011
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 684,792
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Naveen Sridhar (Yaksha) was born in India and grew up in Bangalore. He sailed to Germany at the age of 19 for further study in Berlin, completing his education there with a Ph.D. in chemistry.

While a student, he had got involved in amateur theater where he met his lovely wife Renate, an original Berliner. He also moved around in Europe volunteering as a trainee in the industry in Paris and Zaragoza (Spain). He found strange languages and cultures fascinating. He is fluent in eight languages.

He moved to Marl in Germany to begin his career as a research scientist in a German chemical company. He conducted various courses in yoga and finally gave lectures to train yoga teachers. This knowledge was of crucial importance to his ventriloquism.

He pursued his passion for magic and ventriloquism. He had to be inventive, adjusting his mind to that of German language and humor. With sufficient effort, he created an original and innovative act.

With the sons Kishor and Suresh grown up and as talented tap dancers, a family business began to flourish. The items presented were stage magic (in Indian costume) assisted by wife Renate, parlor magic, ventriloquism as well as the dance item of their sons. The initial success led to assignments from other companies and clubs, most of them mediated by professional agents.

The ventriloquist acts with his various dummies (Alfonso, Ricardo, et al.) deal with different personalities and are all reputed for their scintillating comedy. A further specialty is his act without any dummy at all. It excels in the performer standing "nude" and throwing the voice, using objects like telephone, cups and glasses or nothing, like mere echo.

As a troupe, the family was sought at home as well as abroad. A theme park in Germany called for their performance on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. A 5-star hotel in Tunisia hired them for the opening ceremony, Christmas and New Year celebrations. Some further highlights are working the holiday resorts in Spain and performances aboard a cruise ship, in the Indian Ocean, starting from South Africa.

Naveen applied his scientific mind to dissect and analyze performing arts, presentation and audience impact. Beside mere performance, he accepted invitations to give lectures on learning ventriloquism as well as on negotiating with organizers and agents.

Experience and constant scrutiny of the art culminated in this book meant as an aid and guide to all ventriloquists of present and future.

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