Thanks to Wally Cady for adopting Will E. Crow. This adorable soft puppet was made by MAT puppets (Mary Ann & Melissa Taylor) in 2007. He was a custom order from Roy White, who used the puppet for about eight years. Roy had the figure made to look like ventriloquist legend Bill DeMar. Bill was very flattered that Roy would have a figure made that looked like him. In fact, Bill gave a pair of his glasses to Roy so that Will E. Crow would be a greater likeness. Bill also gave R
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Hey Austin P., thanks for adopting the beautiful Jonathan Jones made by Len Insull. Finn Borjeson got the dummy new in 1952, but didn't use him much. His main dummy was a different Insull figure named Dickey Doll. In 1954, Borjeson quit performing and sold Jonathan Jones to Mr. Berger for $110. In addition to having moving eyes and eyebrows, the dummy can walk and smoke. A month after the dummy arrived at Vent Haven, Mr. Berger took him to the IBM/IBV convention in Louisville
Here's my friend and longtime Vent Haven advocate, Gary K., posing with his adopted dummy which belonged to ventriloquist Peter Fauer (1939-1987). The dummy was made by Jack Coats and donated by Fauer's brother in 1987 on behalf of Fauer's children. In an accompanying bio, Fauer's brother wrote, "Pete loved children and would go out of his way to amuse and entertain them. He also loved old cars - Volkswagen Beetles - performing as Snappy the Clown and doing his vent and magic
Thanks to Ildefonso R. for adopting Lester. This Lester was Willie Tyler's first professional figure. Included with the photos of Ildefonso and Lester are a few newspaper clippings...one of Tyler with this Lester from 1969, one of Tyler with Paul Winchell, Shari Lewis, and Ronn Lucas in 1985, and one of Willie at Vent Haven in 1986, when he was given the W.S. Berger Vent of the Year award. Willie Tyler has been on the Vent Haven Museum Board of Advisors since 2014.
Many thanks to Daniel Jay R. for adopting not one, but two dummies! First is Francisco, used by the incredibly amazing Sammy King. Sammy donated this puppet after performing with it at our 2009 convention. Sammy made 34 Francisco puppets and this is the last one. The second that Daniel Jay adopted is Danny O'Day. This backup Danny was donated by Jimmy Nelson, the Dean of American Ventriloquists. This Danny has both a smoking device and crying eyes, but the original Dannydoes
A big thanks to Larry C. for adopting Jeff Dunham's Peanut puppet. Donated by Jeff in 1993, this tourist favorite was accompanied with a note that read in part, "Take care of my buddy. I've used this one a bunch this past year."
Thanks, Teri G., for adopting the W.S. Berger painting! This painting by William Kirk Brown has moving eyes and a moving mouth. Brown presented the painting to Mr. Berger at the 1956 International Brotherhood of Magicians convention. It is on display in the W.S. Berger Memorial Building. Come see this unique piece!
Ron S. adopted Elvira, a dummy used by Bob Ladd. Elvira was made by Joel Leder and was donated by Bob's cousin in 2014 along with Ladd's collection of other dummies and ephemera. Vent Haven had a special exhibit for Bob in 2015. Bob was very well known in the vent community and he published a ventriloquism magazine entitled, "Dialogue" for 18 years. Thanks, Ron, for supporting the museum through your adoption of Elvira.
This replica of Paul Winchell's Jerry Mahoney was made and donated by Vent Haven Museum Advisor Jerry Layne. Layne and Winchell were friends for decades. Winchell gave Jerry Layne exclusive license to produce the replicas of Jerry Mahoney and of Winchell's other main character, Knucklehead Smiff. Our Jerry Mahoney replica was adopted by Aaron V. Thanks, Aaron!