Mark Wade Writes


One of the best pieces of advice I can offer any vent is to learn the past history of ventriloquism, who the greats were, and what they did to move along our art. It's sad but many young vents don't know who Edgar Bergen was, Senor Wences, or even Paul Winchell. I AM proud to say that they DO know Jimmy Nelson, who makes himself available every year at the Vent Haven ConVENTion. But a thorough knowledge of our "vent greats" is important. We can learn through their contributions.
If you get a chance, buy some old recordings of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Listen to his great comedy, how his routines told a story. Watch some old clips of Winchell and Jerry Mahoney and see how he impacted vent on television. Look up some of Jimmy Nelson's great "Nestles" commercials on YouTube. You'll laugh and learn from everyone of these pros. 
Also don't overlook the many fine vents that graced the stage of Ed Sullivan's television show. Many, many great vents appeared numerous times on this show. Watch and learn how they did their vent acts.

And please don't overlook the great vent Fred Maher, who through his wonderful teachings launched the careers of many of today's pro vents, me included! To move forward is important..but to move forward acknowledging and learning from past vents helps give you a more rounded perspective. Knowledge is power. Get some "vent knowledge" under your belt today! markwade@kidshowvent.com

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7/19/2012

    I found this article applicable to more than just ventriloquism. While young adults and teens are learning about life, these lessons would strengthen their abilities and skills in life. To learn and appreciate their parents and that generation would serve to give them a "More Rounded Perspective."

    I am quite amazed at the wisdom from this group of people who created much of the resources we/the youth enjoy. Technology is such a small contribution campared to the beauty of performance by such greats as you share in this blog. Thanks Clinton.