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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism Paperback – May 4, 2010
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About the Author
Taylor Mason is a world-class ventriloquist, a prolific writer, a talented musician, and a successful comedian. He has written for The Second City Theater in Chicago, the Emmywinning comedy series Bananas-TV, and his children's television program, Taylor's Attic. He also wrote a six-week course through the extension program of Columbia College where he taught ventriloquism to students in the Chicago suburbs.
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Despite what a few Reviewers say, the lesson on how we breathe is vitally important. Until you can breathe using your diaphram, your ventriliquil voice will be thin, and you will easy feel out of breath.
As a practicing Vent for over 50 years, I greatfully and confidentally recommend this book.
I would recommend this book, especially to beginner Vents, as it covers not only the craft but how to get the all important, "Stage Time" and how to sell yourself, once you have attained the degree of proficiency you will need to actually begin to perform for people.
I could not put the book down until I completed it and I expect I will use it as a reference for many years to come. It is that chocked full of excellent information.
Good luck to all who read it and take up Ventriloquism!
Joe Radle </:o)
The Maher Course has always been the standard by which all other ventriloquism training has been judged. Most of the pros learned with this course.
Then, along came The Complete Idiot's guide! I initially bought the Kindle version, because I travel a great deal. I Liked it so much that I also bought the print version! The instructions are very clear, and the author also helps you to develop ways to actually say "the impossible sounds", rather than just using substitute sounds.
As I understand it, The Maher Course will soon be unavaialable. I think The Complete Idiot's Guide To Ventriloquism will fill that gap nicely. In fact, I think it raises the bar even further.
Congratulations to the author for producing such a high quality product that will help ventriloquists entertain audiences for a long time to come!
You can tell in the introduction that Mason is a highly educated man. The book #1 is well written. Some of the other books I got on the subject are written by Ventriloquists attempting to be authors, Taylor Mason is a Ventriloquist who is also an author.
#2 Everything else about the book is amazingly informative. I could go in more detail but really why bother. If you want to learn Ventriloquism then you MUST buy this book. I've read others, looked online, bought the videos but nothing compares.
When I practice I can easily find information if I need to review!
And he gives advice for writing scripts and actually getting into the business.
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Both are amazing!
the information in this book is great!!