The same difference...

While taking a bike ride through Denver city park with his wife and step daughter a couple weeks ago, Andy Mrkvicka saw this fellow (picture) and his vent figure. Naturally he had to stop and strike up a conversation. He learned the vent's name is Nelson Camacho, and he got his vent figure from Maher Studios some 30 years ago!

I remember Nelson well. He was, and still is, a street performer who works the streets of Denver and Boulder during Summer months.

It's fascinating to me to observe how vents tap the earning power of their art. For a couple you know well, it is paying millions, and there are dozens earning thousands of dollars each year. Then there are some like Nelson, happily working for pocket change day by day. And as a result of their efforts, all experience the same reward of seeing smiling faces - there's no way to put a price on that.


  1. Anonymous9/27/2011

    Plus Clinton, in cases like his, you see the smiles & hear the laughter up close & personal, instead of from a distance, as you do on stage. AND, you can go buy a can of soup in broad daylight without getting bothered much. LOL! :)

  2. Anonymous1/04/2012

    That's my brother. He was always into ventriloquism when we were growing up.