Hard Figures

Semok
alansemok Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 11 reviews
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Alan Semok Ventriloquial Figures are individually hand crafted at the DUMMY DOCTOR WORKSHOP in Somerset, NJ.
Since 1966, he has built hundreds of vent figures, hand puppets, and marionettes (including puppets for network television programs and commercials). However, he has always stressed quality over quantity. The extreme rarity of his figures on the "used dummy market" is a testament to the value the owners place on Alan's work!!

Brant Gilmer
brantgilmer Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews
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Brant Gilmer has been making Ventriloquist Figures for over 30 years. He is an avid woodworker with experience in woodcarving and furniture making. He has also made three guitars and has done many restorations of accordions. He has many years experience working as a Tool Designer, Machine Designer and Manufacturing Engineer and applies what he has learned over the years to making vent figures.

Axtell
chancewolf Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 3 reviews
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His compilation of experience in Illustration, Toy Designer, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, combined with his childhood fascination with Ventriloquist figures, drew him to the ultimate creative challenge...

Creating three dimensional LIVING CARTOONS...so to speak.

Within a few weeks of discovering the new art of modern Ventriloquist Figures, Chance took after it like a dog on a bone. His first figure build utilized a Mike Brose kit.  It was natural instinct to begin designing his own mechanical methods combined with traditional methods and the first result was not too shabby.

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conradhartz Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 8 reviews
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Conrad has been building a variety of puppets since 1975 and has developed a reputation as one of the finest makers of quality hand puppets, marionette’s, and ventriloquial figures. When you purchase a HARTZ figure, you are not investing in an experiment. You can count on him to deliver to you a figure that will not only be pleasing to look at, but provide you with years of trouble free service.

Coleman
coleman Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.7 based on 4 reviews
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A couple of years ago, some very good friends of Corey's asked him to build them ventriloquist masks. They are both professionals and wanted something very specific. A couple of months later, he had built his first masks. That was only the beginning...... Since then he has built masks for many many comics, vents, clowns, and evangelists all over the world.

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danlavender Overall rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 0 based on 0 reviews
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Like most people involved in ventriloquism - either performing or figure making - Dan had an interest at an early age with several pullstring figures in his arsenal. Attempted his first figure at the age of 8. Slathered wood putty on foil which covered his Danny O'Days face. Needless to say this was not a very successful project and didn't give it another shot until he was about 11 years old. This time he used paper mache to cast Danny and ping pong ball eyes and even a spitter. Not too impressive either but a far cry better than his first attempt.

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danpayes Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews
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Dan Payes Puppetry is the choice of professional ventriloquists and collectors worldwide.Puppet Creations by Dan Payes have been seen on:

" Admission " ( with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd )
Syfy's FACE OFF
ABC's " The Neighbors "
Showtime's "Gigolos"
ABC's " Modern Family " ( used by Sofia Vergara )
NBC's " The Marriage Ref "
ABC's " Brothers and sisters "
MTV's " Runs House "
Independent films and Television Commercials.
and
are used on stage all over the world by ventriloquial entertainers LIKE YOU !

Imaginarium
imaginariumgalleries Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.7 based on 4 reviews
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As a professional ventriloquist figure maker, Albert continues to strive for the highest level of excellence in every aspect of his work. His greatest joy is knowing that his legacy will live on through his children.

Jerry Layne
jerrylayne Overall rating: ★★★☆☆ 3 based on 2 reviews
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For over 25 years Jerry Layne has been the leading supplier of professional ventriloquial figures to magic shops, and the motion picture and television industry.Jerry Layne ventriloquial figures have been featured on many TV shows such as: “Tales from the Crypt”, “Captain Kangaroo”, “Three’s Company”, “News Radio”, “Nash Bridges”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Sister Sister”, “The Drew Carey Show”, and the motion pictures “Zapped”, “Beautiful”, as well as many TV commercials.

Jim Manalli
jimmanalli Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 3 reviews
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Ventriloquist dummies professionally hand carved from basswood .

Joe Lapenna
lapenna Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.6 based on 3 reviews
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Joe LaPenna started doing ventriloquism at the early age of 8. He received a Jerry Mahoney figure as a Christmas gift and this started him off and running to learn all he could about how to perform ventriloquism

Practicing and performing at his school over the years at age 16 Joe turned to artistry and became a special effects makeup artist a career that lasted him almost 30 years. He had done work for Film, Television and Stage.

Having retired from that in 2009 Joe picked up ventriloquism again and has begun to run full steam ahead into entertaining the masses once again.

With his extensive fabrication experience from all of the years creating special effects, Joe also creates all of his one of a kind original ventriloquist figures except for his little Al Lee Ens.

Kem Poyner
kempoyner Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 3 reviews
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Kem’s professional handcrafted figures are constructed of very light and durable fiberglass. They are 38 to 41 inches tall and each masterpiece features side to side hand painted eyes, gapless slot mouth and a ball/socket neck. Each has a realistic hollow fiberglass body with stuffed cloth arms and legs. The controls are metal pushrods running through brass guide tubes and will provide years of trouble free smooth response. The figures ship with basic clothing.

Kenny Croes
croes Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 2 reviews
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Kenny Croes discovered ventriloquism after receiving a Jerry Mahoney doll on his 6th birthday. He also got a copy of Paul Winchell’s “Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit”. He worked up an act and entertained at service clubs, birthday parties, talent shows and school assemblies throughout his childhood. At age 11, he learned to play the guitar and soon discovered that girls liked that. So he set aside his dummy and launched a career as a singer-songwriter-entertainer. He became a regular at the famous Pasadena Ice House, eventually landing a songwriting contract with Criterion Music in Hollywood.

Kenny’s entertainment career also included a two-year stint as a street performer in San Francisco. He partnered with Actor- Magician Harry Anderson in a very successful street act that concluded with Kenny performing ventriloquism.

Today, Kenny performs occasionally, but spends most of his time in his Bandon, Oregon workshop designing and building vent figures for others to enjoy.

Larry LaFontsee
larrylafontsee Overall rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 1 based on 3 reviews
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Character designer in 2 & 3D, in a variety of materials and mediums. Character voice, Impressionist, writing, staging, puppeteering, singing, actor.

Michael Brose
brose Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 12 reviews
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What ever you like to call them (dummies, figures, or puppets),Full-Time Pro Figure Maker, Mike Brose, makes some very nice professional Ventriloquist Figures. Quality finished figures, custom figures, high quality cast dummy parts, free dummy building info, and 2 Top Selling figure making books are available. Ventriloquism links.

Mike Palma
palma Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 5 reviews
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His father bought him his first Pro figure when he was about 10 years old. It was a Maher workshop/Lovik “Jingo” (which he still performs with till this day). The figure, now called “Eddie” has had a face lift, (re-carved, painted and wigged) by Chuck Jackson. It was about this time that Mike wanted to learn how to make figures.

When Mike was 18, he built his first ventriloquist figure out of plastic wood. Then he started to learn about sculpting, what to make the figures out of and in the mid 90′s he began his ventriloquist figure making venture.

Today, Mike makes high quality ventriloquist figures with great character as well as smooth and precise mechanics.

Robert McRay's Big Heads
robertmccray Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.7 based on 4 reviews
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Custom built “signature” figures, for the professional entertainer, serious art collectors and individuals seeking the perfect gift.
BIGHEAD figures are a refreshing new twist on an old art form.
Creating one of a kind works of “functional art” from pure imagination.

Scott Land
scottland Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 4 reviews
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Scott Land is a puppeteer at the top of his game. His seasoned performing skills are on display in nearly every scene of Paramount Pictures' Team America: World Police. During the making of the movie—the most expensive puppet-driven feature film ever produced—Scott did more than pull the strings on dozens of lead characters. Throughout the 4 months of shooting, Land lent his expertise to director/producersTrey Parker and Matt Stone who, shot by shot, relied on his 25 years
of marionette experience to help them create their landmark film. Other screen credits include Disney's The Princess Diaries 2, for which he created and performed a Julie Andrews look-alike marionette, seen on the Special Features section of the DVD. His other TV and film credits include Pee Wee's Playhouse, The Ben Stiller Show, Still Breathing, Shakes the Clown and Rodney Dangerfield's Birthday Bash.

Steve Barry
stevebarry Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews
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Born in Freeport, Long Island, He grew up in the suburbs of New York. He has been involved in figure making and ventriloquism for most of his life in one form or another. He now reside in Maryland with his wife Darlene who helps make up Gepetto's Workshop.

Tim Cowles
timcowles Overall rating: ★★☆☆☆ 1.7 based on 10 reviews
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Tims love of ventriloquism began at an early age after seeing a ventriloquist at his grandparents Christian camp. Tim soon learned that when “a dummy talks, people listen!”
As time went by, Tim began constructing his own characters and soon met figure maker, Chuck Jackson. Chuck became Tim’s mentor and a lifelong friendship was struck.
Tims love of details is evident in his completed characters, they just look like they are ready to speak!

Tim Selberg
timselberg Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 4.2 based on 9 reviews
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Wood figures from Tim’s studio are meticulously hand carved from basswood, which comes from the Linden tree. Basswood is preferred because of its durability and very close grain, which allows for finely detailed sculpture. Linden trees grow in the forests for centuries before fully mature. Tim Selberg carefully selects only the finest kiln-dried basswood for his carved figures. Once in his skilled hands a miracle gradually takes place out of the ordinary.

Tyler Ellis
ellis Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.6 based on 3 reviews
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 Not only has Tyler always loved ventriloquism, but he was also fascinated by how the figures were built.  Then in 2005, Tyler was introduced to professional ventriloquist and master figure builder, Greg Claassen.  Their friendship quickly grew, and Greg became Tyler's mentor in the art of figure building.  Before Tyler knew it, he had his own workshop and Dapper Dummies was born.

 Tyler is still waiting for his big break into show business.  Until that happens, he can be found spending time with his lovely wife, Amanda, or down in his dummy shop building little friends.

Ventriloquist Sideshow
sideshow Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 4 based on 1 reviews
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Ventriloquist Sideshow are figures that are a unique creation from the mind of James Eisenberg.

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