Doug Chapin & Walter Ego
Today's featured dummy is Walter Ego. Doug Chapin adopted this sweet dummy at last year's convention. Thanks, Doug!
Walter Ego was made around 1973. He was used by ventriloquist Bob Trent from 1974 to 2000. Bob's widow, Judith, donated Walter Ego and other ephemera to Vent Haven in 2015.
Bob began corresponding with Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger in 1953 and their correspondence continued until 1970. Bob was a member of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists and began doing ventriloquism when he was 13 years old.
Walter Ego has two pairs of hands. His original hands (which are stored in the dummy's body) were replaced with hands made by Frank Marshall. Walter Ego also has moving eyes.