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Ventriloquist Tips:

How to Manage Kid Audiences Effortlessly

Whether you’re a seasoned ventriloquist or a kids entertainer considering adding puppets in your act, Mark Wade has a wealth of practical tips for you that you can apply as soon as your next show.

Named America’s number 1 children’s ventriloquist and awarded the International Ventriloquist of the Year in the past, Mark shares how you can manage kid audiences effortlessly, convinces you to give puppets and ventriloquism a try, and directs you to resources where you can learn the craft.

 

In this episode we discuss:

– How Mark got into ventriloquism

– How to train kids to be an audience (great insights and tips!)

– How Mark’s dad influenced him

– The honesty of children and your “likability” as an entertainer

– Performance mistakes to avoid

– Mastering one field vs. dabbling at everything

– Mark’s philosophy—“controlled fun”—and how he applies it in his shows (another bunch of practical tips!)

– How to end a show the proper way (What happens when your show is done and you leave?)

– Dealing with challenging kids and situations

– Why add puppets in your act (the quick answer: kids absolutely love them!)

– Tips and tricks for those who want to introduce a puppet in their show

– Where you can learn ventriloquism

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Vent Haven ConVENTion

Maher Ventriloquist Studios

International Ventriloquist Society (IVS)

Mark Wade’s book Kidshow Ventriloquism

Mark Wade’s new book Kidshow Ventriloquism Encore – Email kidshowvent@gmail.com to order

Vent Haven Museum

Mark Wade’s Website

 

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