We don’t need a guidebook to help us teach the first time. The basic idea is to read and listen to the tape and the instructions, but then we do the practice and the actual ventriloquism and you see a progression right along the way. We have an idea of our voice and we know where we’re going. And I can really be the instructor of the day to help the ventriloquist learn these basic steps.
I just want them to know what a good way to go is.
So these are the three things we look for – how to go about our rehearsals, how to learn how to speak well on our own, and how to put the mask on and then take the mask off and do the ventriloquism. And all three of those can be done at any time.
You’ll notice, we use one voice in the ventriloquism. So what does a voice sound like? Let me get you down to a simple voice, just a whisper. So just say, “I’m tired.” And that will be good in rehearsals, but not in a ventriloquism since a voice will speak as well, if you learn to be just a whisper, you’ll be better, will be good at ventriloquism, because you know if you say that, it will sound real good. If that’s on your own, if you just say it, “I’m tired,” that’s a voice you want to work on.
Doing the ventriloquism is very, very similar to making a good impression for your parents in the summer. You can have one voice and a really quiet one and it will work for ventriloquism. But it is very difficult to create a real, clean, smooth, natural, natural voice, a smooth, natural voice like this. When you get a ventriloquist mask, you can’t just pretend you know what a normal voice is; you have to learn it yourself. Now it’s easy to work on this, but it really is one of the most important things you do. We have an idea, we already got an idea about what happens behind the mask, but we just have to find ways to go further.
So to be an actual master of ventriloquism…
There’s one more element, but it’s hard for us to do. It’s really the most difficult component and we can