"I keep a Bible in every room so I don't have to go looking for one when I need it. Yesterday I picked up my Daddy's old Bible and opened it to find a Maher Buck. You sent it to me when I took your Course in 1992."
Okay, let me think about this a minute - I find a Maher Buck in some of my old catalogs ... Emmitt finds one in his Bible... must be a lesson there somewhere....
When Juro Doll Co. introduced the "Velvel" ventriloquist doll with wardrobe and carrying case, this was the 8x10 photo (above) they sent out to they dealers and distributors. This auction is for one mint condition B&W photo with free shipping. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290605051390
Velvel was the doll made famous by ventriloquist Ricky Layne (see photo right). While my auction is for the above photo only, I will include as a bonus a free snapshot photo copy of the picture of Velvel with Ricky Layne.
"Jeff Dunham, Peanut, and Judge Ito (the dummy - see photo) are on tour and have been featured on the syndicated newsmagazine show, 'Extra', as well as 'E!' network's 'The O. J Wrap Up' hosted by Kathleen Sullivan. It took Jeff three afternoons to make 'Judge Ito' from one of our converted Charlie McCarthy dolls, and the Judge is now Peanut's dummy. (Peanut says he was going to make a Kato dummy, but that would have been redundant!)"
Today's set of 1995 M/M's plus a 1995 copy of the Maher Studios Catalog goes to Scott Bryte.
I have to say, out of the hundreds of ventriloquist publicity photos I have seen, if I had to pick my top ten favorites, this one of Jim Barber (left & above) would be on my list. It must have been his favorite, too, at one point at least, because it is the one he chose for The Great Ventriloquits Collector Card series produced by M. A. Denemark. I have one of those cards mounted in a signed mat, ready for 5x7 frame, and I'm sending it to Cynthia Price. Congratulations, Cynthia (and Nick)!
Many of you recognize the young lady in the center photo above. That's our daughter Dawn, who now with her husband and three sons, live in Ethiopia which has been their home for nearly 18 years. (See post below)
A few days ago I wrote how UPS was holding up delivery of Canon John Jordan's "Sweeny", saying there was $45.00 COD on the parcel. The COD was a surprise to me as well as John who had made certain to prepay all shipping costs.
When UPS driver returned to our door yesterday with the parcel, he dropped it off saying no COD was due. Seems their office had received a call that morning saying the COD was to be cancelled! Sweeny was being released without bail! (In fairness to UPS I should tell you the COD was being called for by a "UPS Brokerage" - I have a suspicion that someone at a UPS contract station was trying to line their pockets, but I have no way of knowing that for a fact.)
In any case, Sweeny is here safely, ready to be prepped for the next phase of his life!
On another, yet related note, Steve Kissell will be the featured performer at the 2011 Creative Ministries Conference, September 22, 23, 24, to be held in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over 20 workshops including 4 keynote addresses by Steve, inspirational humorist, motivator, educator, speaker, magician, and comedian. The Friday Night Gala Show is open to the public with tickets $5 at the door. For further conference information go to: www.rmcfcm.org/cmc
The set of N/V shown here is awarded today to Charles Varner.
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From Mr. D: Yes, I believe I can help you, but it would really help me now if you could send me a photo image of Denny so I can know exactly what figure you have. I need that information in order to give you a cost and an estimated time for restoration.
A testimonial can really make you feel good about your performance. Getting as many testimonials as possible is also important from a business aspect. The accolades can be used when mailing out information about your show. They can also be used on flyers and brochures.
Testimonial letters will be few and far between unless you go after them. There are several ways to ask for testimonial letters.
Some performers carry self-addressed stamped envelopes (SASE) to the show to give to the client or anyone else who praises the show. The performer asks for the person to put their comments in writing.
I like to send a thank you letter to the client immediately after the show. To be effective, the client must receive this letter within 3-5 days following the show. In addition to thanking them for inviting me, I write. "If it isn't too much trouble, I'd appreciate a letter with your comments and reactions to my performance. Enclosed is a SASE. In this way I can keep my act fresh and entertaining."
There are three parts to a show that give me a genuine warm feeling. 1) Applause and laughter. 2) Getting paid (or the good feeling generated by a donated show). 3) Getting a testimonial sometime after the show.
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From Mr. D: This excerpt is from an article by the same title in the Jul/Aug 1989 issue of Newsy Vents. One set of four 1989 N/V back issues is being awarded today to Tom Rogers.