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A student presentation that examines the rekationship between magic, performance and ventriloquism; from turn of the century to contemporary standing in popular culture.

A student presentation that examines the rekationship between magic, performance and ventriloquism; from turn of the century to contemporary standing in popular culture.

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    • PERFORMANCE & MAGIC Drew Hagen- Art 402
    • MAGIC ANDPERFORMANCE INPOPULAR CULTURE
    • VENTRILIQUISM Definition of VENTRILOQUISM (Webster’s Dictionary) 1: the production of the voice in such a way that the sound seems to come froma source other than the vocal organs of the speaker 2: the expression of ones views and attitudes through another; especially :such expression by a writer through a fictional character or literary persona Or in other words…Performance
    • HISTORY Ventriloquism first noted in a historical context in ancient Greece, andthought to be a religious, mystical practice (they thought it was the voiceof the undead speaking through the mystic) Seen as a kind of witchcraft during the middle ages Now seen as a kind of comedy or vaudeville act with creepyundertones…
    • C E L E B R I T I E S, V E N T R I L O Q U I S M & THE ART OF THE PUPPET Charlie Chaplin With puppet
    •  In the early 20th century, ventriloquism and magicians becamequite fashionable, especially with the Hollywood crowd Interestingly about the same time that American and Europeaninterest in mysticism and séances also became very trendy.
    • Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy Paul Winchell and …??
    • CINEMA & THE CREEPY FACTOR With Movies, the ventriloquist theme was always used to play onaudience fears (and still is a reoccurring theme) TV shows like the Twilight Zone, and films like the British horrorfilm Dead of Night and many more kept this performance art in thepublic consciousness through fear.
    • Images from the Twilight Zone TV series
    • Dead of Night (1945)
    • Magic (1978)
    • C H A N G I N G FAC E O F T H E A RT ? ? Thanks to more kid friendly entertainers like Jim Henson, theMuppets, and many other children’s shows, the art of ventriloquismand puppetry have at times combined and flourished under thisrelationship. Jeff Dunham is considered by most to be the most commerciallyaccepted and financially successful ventriloquist artist of all time.
    • JeffJim DunhamHenson
    • THIS PROJECT…Richard Avedonstyle of portrait…
    • Mixed with a littleDiane Arbus absurdity…
    • =? (Image 1)
    •  Second image, and evolution of the first, with 1 part RichardAvedon, 1 part Annie Leibovitz =???? (second image)
    •  Third image, a continuing evolution of the first two, with 1 partAnnie Leibovitz and 1 part David LaChapelle =??? (third image)
    • Fin