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Ventriloquist Business Idea

Do you enjoy acting, comedy, and performing in front of a crowd? If so, learn how to become a ventriloquist and start a small business in entertainment.

Learning to be a ventriloquist is fairly straightforward. The hard part is becoming a good ventriloquist. But if you’re interested in a fun, interesting hobby, this is a great one.

While some ventriloquists are successful using only their stage act, others incorporate other forms of entertainment such as magic and singing. The great part about this small business idea is that you can let your creativity run wild.

What Is Ventriloquism?

Ventriloquism is the art of speaking without moving your lips, creating the illusion that the voice is coming from someone or somewhere else.

Ventriloquists usually use dolls or puppets when they perform, carrying on conversations in a way that looks like the dolls or puppets are talking back.

History Of Ventriloquism

Ventriloquism traces its history to the Middle Ages when it was thought to be related to the practice of talking to the dead. In the 16th century, people began to use ventriloquism for entertainment.

In more modern times, ventriloquists have continued to use their talents for entertainment, and often include snappy dialogue and music in their acts. Famous ventriloquists include Edgar Bergen (with his dummy Charlie McCarthy) and Shari Lewis (with her sock puppet Lamb Chop).

How To Become A Ventriloquist

The most important trick for a ventriloquist is to be able to talk without moving their lips. The secret is to substitute letters that might cause movement. So, for example, substitute N for M’. Instead of saying My hat is red, you’d actually say, Ny hat is red. Because the brain is expecting to hear the letter m, it will actually think that it does.

Ventriloquists use some of these substitutions for letters:

Instead of b use the hard g sound, so band becomes gand. Instead of f use th, so four becomes thour.

You can also substitute words to replace more difficult words, i.e. use done instead of finished.

Another trick a ventriloquist needs is to be able to use different voices and accents. When you can use different voices for various characters, it makes your conversations more believable.

Equipment Needed

Your most important piece of equipment is your character sidekick. Some people select ventriloquist dolls while others select soft puppets. You may have a combination of both for different personalities. Each of your dolls or puppets needs to have unique qualities and voice.

The other essential part of your performance is your material – your dialogue or script. No matter how well you speak without lip movement, the audience will become bored if the material is not interesting.

Funny jokes, witty repartee, and quick dialogue help create an atmosphere where the audience forgets to look at your lips and suspends disbelief while they watch a puppet talk.

Now that you have the essentials and the equipment you need, your next step is to practice, practice, and practice more. Sit in front of a mirror and practice your performance. As you do this, watch your puppet and figure out how to make it move around naturally.

In time, you and your character friends can show that you’ve got talent too and that you’ve really mastered how to become a ventriloquist.

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