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    Default Ventriloquism

    Anyone ever tried it or know how it's done ?

    I remember reading as a kid that some of it had to do with misdirection. The ventriloquist looks at something which is supposed to be speaking, and therefore we're "clued in" as the audience as to "where" the voice is supposed to be coming from. Also, even an untrained person like me can say some words without having to move my lips, or at least without having to move them very much. In the case of other words, though, ....it's not happening for me. In fact, someone doing a poor job of ventriloquism is kind of funny in terms of how bad it looks.

    Does it relate at all to skills used in "throat singing" like the Tuvan engage in ?
    ( Interesting side note - the Inuit method of throat singing is supposed to be quite different than the Tuvan, and is mostly done by women. )
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    Ventriloquists scare me to no end, ugh, and those puppets, and the whole concept of it, terrifying, terrifying, terrifying!!!!

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    Ugg me too. Dummy's are evil. I'd like to burn all the dummies in the world. Who wants to join me?
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    I have one thing to add to those last two comments...

    SILENCE. I kill you!!!

    (I'm not sure how it's done but Achmed the Dead Terrorist is one of my favourite examples of the craft... oh and it's on youtube if you've not seen it)
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    I'd chew you up and spit you out irl so have a seat and behave (but not too much)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Ugg me too. Dummy's are evil. I'd like to burn all the dummies in the world. Who wants to join me?
    What about sinister looking Victorian clown dummies or old time dolls with those eyes that follow you around the room, like Alice in Wonderland with the long neck ? "Oh no, it's the 'ventriloquist' who is the real dummy, and the puppet is the one who's alive !!!! Aiiyeeeeee ! He's coming to get you...."
    "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
    Reichsfuhrer Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuranes View Post
    What about sinister looking Victorian clown dummies or old time dolls with those eyes that follow you around the room, like Alice in Wonderland with the long neck ? "Oh no, it's the 'ventriloquist' who is the real dummy, and the puppet is the one who's alive !!!! Aiiyeeeeee ! He's coming to get you...."
    lol. I hate those movies, but my son loves that crap and he's only 7! He was watching goosebumps during halloween and they had a few demonic doll episodes that he was entraced with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    I have one thing to add to those last two comments...

    SILENCE. I kill you!!!

    (I'm not sure how it's done but Achmed the Dead Terrorist is one of my favourite examples of the craft... oh and it's on youtube if you've not seen it)
    ROFLCOPTER!!!

    I've seen a few clips of that before. Awesome stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    lol. I hate those movies, but my son loves that crap and he's only 7! He was watching goosebumps during halloween and they had a few demonic doll episodes that he was entranced with.
    Ha Ha. he's a chip off the old block ! ( I sent Limey a message today, as I think he may be able to help me with some ideas for a story I'm considering writing. )



    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    I have one thing to add to those last two comments...

    SILENCE. I kill you!!!

    (I'm not sure how it's done but Achmed the Dead Terrorist is one of my favourite examples of the craft... oh and it's on youtube if you've not seen it)
    I'll look for it.
    "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
    Reichsfuhrer Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials.

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