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Ventriloquist Collection

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Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Archie Andrews, Peter Brough and Vera Lynn

Archie Andrews, Peter Brough and Vera Lynn
Forces Sweetheart Vera Lynn at the BBC, recording with Peter Brough and famous ventriloquist dummy, Archie Andrews, 1944. Lynn had only just returned from a tour of India

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Ventriloquist, E Bergen

Ventriloquist, E Bergen
Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, his ventriloquists dummy

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall

Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall
Colonel Stodare the liverpudlian ventriloquist and magician (1831 to 1866) performing using an Indian Basket at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London. Date: circa 1865

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Roger De Courcey Ventriloquist with puppet Nookie Bear and wife Cheryl DBase

Roger De Courcey Ventriloquist with puppet Nookie Bear and wife Cheryl DBase © Mirrorpix

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Maude Edwards ventriloquist

Maude Edwards ventriloquist
Maude Edwards (1886 - 1976), female ventriloquist, with her puppeteered dummy Nobbler, stable boy seated upon her knee. Date: 1905

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Morecambe & Wise, pictured with a ventriloquist dummy, following a performance at

Morecambe & Wise, pictured with a ventriloquist dummy, following a performance at the Newcastle City Hall. ( Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise.) 25th June, 1977

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Keith Harris, ventriloquist and dummy, Orville the Duck, 8th June 1983

Keith Harris, ventriloquist and dummy, Orville the Duck, 8th June 1983

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Back in the case! Ventriloquists dummy

Back in the case! Ventriloquists dummy
John Bouchier, ventriloquist, with dummy, Charlie

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Ventriloquist Mr Le-Hurst with his dummy Jimmy - Liverpool

Ventriloquist Mr Le-Hurst with his dummy Jimmy - Liverpool
Touring Ventriloquist Mr W. Le-Hurst with his dummy Jimmy - of 167 Liverpool Road, Islington, London. Found in an advertisement for a performance at the Abergavenny Coliseum in November 1915

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Roger De Courcey with Nookie Bear December 1989

Roger De Courcey with Nookie Bear December 1989

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Roger de Courcey ventriloquist with Nookie bear January 1976

Roger de Courcey ventriloquist with Nookie bear January 1976

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Playbill advertising performances by English illusionist and ventriloquist Evanion (Henry Evans)

Playbill advertising performances by English illusionist and ventriloquist Evanion (Henry Evans) at the Assembly Rooms
6030956 Playbill advertising performances by English illusionist and ventriloquist Evanion (Henry Evans) at the Assembly Rooms, Broadstairs, Kent, 1890 (litho) by English School

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: The Royal Dublin Societys Horse Show (engraving)

The Royal Dublin Societys Horse Show (engraving)
1591883 The Royal Dublin Societys Horse Show (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Dublin Societys Horse Show)

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Advert for Mr Jacobs, magician and ventriloquist (engraving)

Advert for Mr Jacobs, magician and ventriloquist (engraving)
602625 Advert for Mr Jacobs, magician and ventriloquist (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Advert for Mr Jacobs, magician and ventriloquist)

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Mr F Maccabe, the Ventriloquist (engraving)

Mr F Maccabe, the Ventriloquist (engraving)
1589265 Mr F Maccabe, the Ventriloquist (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr F Maccabe, the Ventriloquist)

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Theatrical billboard advertising a performance by Albert Walker

Theatrical billboard advertising a performance by Albert Walker, printed by the Calhoun Steam Printing Company
6030917 Theatrical billboard advertising a performance by Albert Walker, printed by the Calhoun Steam Printing Company, Hartford Connecticut, USA, 1850s (litho) by American School

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Theatrical billboard advertising a performance by Albert Walker

Theatrical billboard advertising a performance by Albert Walker, printed by the Calhoun Steam Printing Company
6030854 Theatrical billboard advertising a performance by Albert Walker, printed by the Calhoun Steam Printing Company, Hartford Connecticut, USA, 1855 (litho) by American School

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Actor and comedian Roy Hudd. 11th April 1965

Actor and comedian Roy Hudd. 11th April 1965

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Riveting Huddersfield children flocked to see a puppet show at Ravensknowle Park

Riveting Huddersfield children flocked to see a puppet show at Ravensknowle Park. The show, which featured Bernie the wolf trying to see magical pink medicine

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Keith Harris and Orville recording the Roy Castle record. 31st August 1994

Keith Harris and Orville recording the Roy Castle record. 31st August 1994

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Keith Harris, young ventriloquist aged 20 years old, pictured with dummy called Minnie

Keith Harris, young ventriloquist aged 20 years old, pictured with dummy called Minnie and girlfriend Jennifer Crompton, in Chester, 26th February 1968

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Aladdin, Pantomime, Photo-call, Birmingham Hippodrome, 20th December 1974

Aladdin, Pantomime, Photo-call, Birmingham Hippodrome, 20th December 1974. Keith Harris, Ventriloquist and Cuddles the Monkey

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Stars play before the Queen and other members of the Royal Household at Windsor Castle

Stars play before the Queen and other members of the Royal Household at Windsor Castle, 18th December 1964. Peter Brough with dummy Archie Andrews

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Ventriloquist Ray Alan with puppet Lord Charles, meet London Strong Woman Joan Rhodes at

Ventriloquist Ray Alan with puppet Lord Charles, meet London Strong Woman Joan Rhodes at the Magic Circle Festival, being held at the Scala Theatre in London October 1962

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Rod Hull and Emu Comedian A©Mirrorpix

Rod Hull and Emu Comedian A©Mirrorpix
Rod Hull and Emu Comedian © Mirrorpix

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Nookie Bear breezed into Coventry yesterday and quickly made himself at home at

Nookie Bear breezed into Coventry yesterday and quickly made himself at home at the Belgrade Theatre. With him came Roger de Courcey

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Its Lenny the Lion and his puppet master, ventriloquist Terry Hall

Its Lenny the Lion and his puppet master, ventriloquist Terry Hall, when they were appearing in Dick Whittington, at the Tyne Theatre, in January, 1987

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Julie Edge and Ray Alan with Lord Charles his dummy 1974 - 01 / 01 / 1974

Julie Edge and Ray Alan with Lord Charles his dummy 1974 - 01 / 01 / 1974
Julie Edge and Ray Alan with Lord Charles his dummy 1974 - 01/01/1974

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Arthur Prince ventriloquist

Arthur Prince ventriloquist
Arthur Prince (1881 1946), music hall entertainer and ventriloquist, with his puppeteered dummy Sailor Jim, seated upon his knee. Date: 1905

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Fred Russell ventriloquist

Fred Russell ventriloquist
Fred Russell (1862 1957) Irish ventriloquist, with his puppeteered dummy Coster Joe, seated upon his knee. Date: 1905

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: First Royal Variety Show cast, 1912

First Royal Variety Show cast, 1912
Some of the cast of the first Royal Variety Show performance at the Palace Theatre, 1912. 6. Mr. Charles Aldrich(quick change impersonations and juggling) 7

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Henry Cockton, Writer

Henry Cockton, Writer
HENRY COCKTON Author of Valentine Vox the Ventriloquist and Sylvester Sound the Somnambulist. with his autograph Date: 1807 - 1853

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Childrens entertainer at a party

Childrens entertainer at a party
" Uncle" Piet Tovenaar (born Frederick Bliss) in action with his ventriloquists dummy at a childrens party in London in 1965. Date: 1965

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Man with NFS ventriloquists doll

Man with NFS ventriloquists doll
Man with a ventriloquists doll in NFS (National Fire Service) uniform. Date: C.1942

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: ERICH VON STROHEIM (1885-1957). Austrian (naturalized American) actor and film director

ERICH VON STROHEIM (1885-1957). Austrian (naturalized American) actor and film director. With Betty Compson in a scene from The Great Gabbo, 1929

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: ENGLAND: VENTRILOQUIST. James Burns, or Squeaking Tommy (died 1796), a well known

ENGLAND: VENTRILOQUIST. James Burns, or Squeaking Tommy (died 1796), a well known ventriloquist through the County of Nottingham. Etching, 1804

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Vicar ventriloquist. The Reverend George Potter, vicar of St Chrysostoms Church

Vicar ventriloquist. The Reverend George Potter, vicar of St Chrysostoms Church, Peckham, who lives in what was formerly a public house

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy

Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
Hollywood, California: 1939. Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy with Constance Moore in the film, You Can t Cheat An Honest Man

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Man with NFS ventriloquists doll

Man with NFS ventriloquists doll
Man with a ventriloquists doll in NFS (National Fire Service) uniform

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN. American cartoon, 1896, by F. Opper of William Jennings Bryan as

WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN. American cartoon, 1896, by F. Opper of William Jennings Bryan as the foremost dummy of a ventriloquist in the person of a silver mine owner

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: A Ventriloquist at Christies by H. M. Bateman

A Ventriloquist at Christies by H. M. Bateman
Double page illustration by H. M. Bateman showing a chaotic scene at London auctioneers, Christies because of the actions of a mischievous ventriloquist

Background imageVentriloquist Collection: Travelling Ventriloquist

Travelling Ventriloquist
Travelling ventriloquist show



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"Captivating Conversations: The Enchanting World of Ventriloquism" Step into the mesmerizing world of ventriloquists, where ordinary individuals become masters of illusion and bring life to their wooden companions. From the iconic Archie Andrews to the legendary Peter Brough and Vera Lynn, these skilled performers have left an indelible mark on the art form. One cannot forget Edgar Bergen, whose exceptional talent brought forth unforgettable characters like Charlie McCarthy. Their witty banter and comedic timing enthralled audiences worldwide, leaving them in stitches at every performance. Intriguing tales unfold as we delve into history's archives. Colonel Stodare at the Egyptian Hall wowed crowds with his astonishing ventriloquist acts that defied logic and captivated imaginations. Even beloved duos like Morecambe & Wise found themselves sharing the stage with a ventriloquist dummy after one of their sensational shows. Laughter echoed through the halls as they seamlessly interacted with their wooden counterpart. The allure of this craft extended beyond entertainment circles; stars such as Maude Edwards showcased their talents before esteemed guests including Queen Elizabeth II herself at Windsor Castle. Such performances were truly fit for royalty. Through photographs frozen in time, we catch glimpses of Mr Le-Hurst alongside his trusty companion Jimmy in Liverpool - a testament to how this art form has touched lives across generations. Names like Arthur Prince and Fred Russell shine brightly among those who paved the way for future ventriloquists. Their dedication to perfecting this unique skill set laid foundations upon which others would build remarkable careers. As we journey back in time, a vintage photograph captures a significant moment -the first Royal Variety Show cast from 1912- where ventriloquists stood side by side with other luminaries from various fields, showcasing their extraordinary abilities before distinguished audiences. From vaudevillian stages to grand theaters, these talented artists have breathed life into inanimate objects, creating unforgettable moments that transcend time.