Thursday, March 22, 2007

Limited 1948 Edition Re-Production of the Famous Fred Maher Ventriloquist Course

Recognize the photo? It's Fred Maher and Skinney Dugan. Mr. Maher created the now famous Maher ventriloquism home study course.

Fred and his wife, Madeleine, began Maher Studios in Detroit, Michigan in 1934.

As a kid, I remember seeing the little classified ad in the back of 'Popular Mechanics' magazine for their course. It ran in the magazine for decades.

Fred passed away unexpectedly in 1952, and Madeleine continued the business until she sold Maher Studios to Clinton Detweiler in 1969.

The original course has been out of print for over 30 years (Clinton released his own revised version of the course in 1975).

But recently, Clinton re-released a very limited number of copies of this original course.

My copy of the 1948 Maher course arrived yesterday. What a great package. Clinton did a superb job putting this together.

As I began flipping through the pages, all of my old memories of the course began to come back. I recognized a lot of the artwork, and even remember some of the verbiage used in the text.

I never took the whole course when I first signed up in the mid 1960's. I was on the payment plan, I think, and I guess I couldn't save up the $5 a month needed to get the next set of lessons. I believe I only made it about half way through the original course.

This course had so much information in it. It certainly was the best on the market - even then.

All of the bonuses (the photos, flyers, letters, forms, etc) are a great addition. It's like the whole history of the Fred Maher course (and how it was marketed) in a 3 ring binder.

I was also pleased that the photo copies of the original pages came out so well. It's going to be a real pleasure reading the entire course again.

The $75 price tag was a very small investment for this historical and still extremely useful information.

Everyone interested in ventriloquism should have a copy of this in their library. But, I know that won't happen. as Clinton is only producing a limited number of these for sale.

I feel lucky to be one of the few to get a copy.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Vent Haven Convention Registration Now Available!

You can now get the registration form for the longest running and best ventriloquist convention in the world - The Vent Haven 2007 Convention - on line!

The dates this year are July 18-21, 2007 at the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. (which is just a few minutes away from Cincinnati, Ohio).

The convention has been an annual event for over 30 years.

I attended my first one in 1981. It's a great place to go to learn more about this great art form - through the many lectures and workshops given by top professionals in the business.

There are 2 dealers rooms (I'll have a table again this year) full of every imaginable ventriloquism item you could ever want...from dummies, to books and videos, collectibles and everything in between.

There are also free tours to the largest ventriloquist dummy and memorabilia museum in the world - The Vent Haven Museum.

Plus, you'll make a ton of new friends and meet the "stars" from the world of ventriloquism in person.

If you've never been to a Vent Haven convention, you just have to attend! You can find the registration form here:

Or you can get more information at the Vent Haven website:

Hope to see you there this summer.