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  • 1. PERFORMANCE & MAGIC Drew Hagen- Art 402
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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…
  • 5. 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
  • 6.  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.
  • 7. Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy Paul Winchell and …??
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Images from the Twilight Zone TV series
  • 10. Dead of Night (1945)
  • 11. Magic (1978)
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. JeffJim DunhamHenson
  • 14. Fin