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be entertaining? Can a ventriloquist still be a ventriloquist without lip control? I’m sure this is not a debate in the world of puppeteers. Solo Act Puppeteers are more open to a wider variety of puppets than ventriloquists. Puppeteers don’t just stick with hand/glove puppets — they use marionettes, body puppets, shadow puppets, object puppets, etc. Vents are more focused only on ventriloquism — using either hard dummies or soft puppets. One year, at the ventriloquist convention, a professional marionette company performed. It was an excellent show, but a lot of people in the audience just didn’t get it. They just couldn’t think outside the ventriloquist box. I’ve noticed that when a puppet show comes to town, other puppeteers attend the show, help with production, or volunteer their time to promote the show. Ventriloquists come from a tradition of one performer, one suit case, and one dummy. Vents are more solitary performers – a one man or woman act. That’s one important thing I appreciate about puppeteers, the comradery. When I hang out with puppeteers (and magicians, clowns and mimes) I learn about becoming a better performer, not just a better ventriloquist. Ventriloquist or Puppeteer Let it be known: ventriloquists are puppeteers. For some reason, certain ventriloquists don’t want to be known as puppeteers (it’s worked well for me – my stage name is “Mr. Puppet”!) but if ente хЁѼѕѥ)ٕ́ݽձЁѡѽѡЁЁٔ݅̀ѥФ)屽̰彑́齼̄Aѕȁݽձ)݅䁅ٔ䁽ѡиQӊé՝ɕͽȁ($)́$ͅɔѼѡͥݽɱѠٕ)ѕ́ѡͅѡݔє)́Ѽ5剔ݔѽѡȁЁ)ٕѥPЁЁЁѡͅѥЁѡͅ)ÝݥѠѡȁյ́ѕ́ݥѠѡȁ)хȁ́Ѽəɴ9܁ѡЁݽձ)ݕͽqɧt)Y9%M 5i%9)ܹY͡5饹(