Ventriloquism Resources

Laugh*Makers Magazine, P.O. Box 160, Syracuse, N.Y. 13215
6 issues/yr. $24--This is my favorite magazine. It has a wealth of information covering various performing arts: puppetry, magic, ventriloquism, chalk talks, balloon art, clowning, storytelling......... In fact, I write a column called U-Can-Do-It-Too!
The Annual International Ventriloquist Convention
This convention is held at the Drawbridge Inn, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky every summer. It's four days of non-stop laughter. Many nationally known ventriloquists attend and share their expertise. I performed with two of my puppets at the 1990 convention.
The North American Association of Ventriloquists
This is a support organization for ventriloquists. Clinton and Adelia Detweiler (owners of Maher Ventriloquist Studios, P. O. Box 420, Littleton, Colorado, 80160) send out catalogs, new product updates, and news of other ventriloquists in The Maher Messenger, and will cheerfully answer all questions for their members. Membership, catalog, and subscription is $10 for 2 years. They sell books, tapes, puppets, figures, and other items of interest to the ventriloquist. I purchased the following excellent tapes and book from Maher Studios:
This is the official publication of The Vent World Association, 103 Ironwood Court, Vinton, Virginia 24179-4923.
Robert Ladd is the editor of this excellent newsletter, published quarterly, $10/year. A typical issue has 32 pages of articles by ventriloquists, news, and ads.
Priddis Music Corp., 1549 N. State St., Suite 231, Orem, UT 84057
Phone 1-800-326-3062 for a free catalog. I have used their background music tapes that sound close to the original arrangement. Audiences have responded well to the parodies that I like to write for my puppets to sing. You can get information about the Karaoke Music Club for discounted tapes there, too.
Steve Dawson's Magic Touch,
He has a very complete and reputable magic business. He publishes a newsletter of his latest stock for in-store and for mail-order business.
David Ginn, 4387 St. Michaels Dr., Lilburn, GA 30247.
For $3/year David will put you on his mailing list for magic supplies that he sells by mail. He is an author of many magic books, performs for children and does workshops for magicians all over the world. He knows what children like. I enjoy reading his six friendly newsletters each year.
Puppets From One Way Street, P.O. Box 2398, Littleton, Colorado 80161
Liz VonSeggen sells puppets, books, and tapes. My big bird was made here.
Verna Finly, 1750 Jamaica Way #113, Punta Gorda, FL 33950, (941) 639-0464, email:
She makes exquisite soft foam puppets to your specifications. She also sells a four hour video tape on how to make your own puppets. The tape is well done and easy to follow.
Tim Selberg Studios, 1034 Betts Rd., Leonard, Mi 48367, phone: (248)969-2227, fax: (248)969-0022
Website:, e-mail:
Tim Selberg carves the most exquisite figures that I have ever seen. If money is no object, and you want the best, you must investigate his figures.
Captain Dick's Dummy Depot, Dick Wightman, 2631 NW 95th St., Seattle, WA 98117 (206) 784-0883
He buys used figures, refurbishes, and sells them.