So you want to be a ventriloquist? That's awesome! Just as any fine craft, ventriloquism will take some practice and patience but I'm glad I can give you the first push. You can start doing some cool ventriloquism right after reading this guide . Hope you enjoy your first lesson in ventriloquism.
How to start you journey:
Basically you have three options:
1.Ventriloquism Books - Don't worry, you won't have to go thru dozens of books, reading thousands of pages, trying to do poorly written explanations and badly structured exercises that will only make you frustrated. I did that job for you and distilled the 10% that's needed for you to beat that learning curve!
You can start your first exercise right now! I've tried my best to make your first tackle of ventriloquism as beginner friendly as possible, just scroll down.
2.Ventriloquism online course - If your less of a reader and you find it hard to learn from a book, online courses are a great way to master ventriloquism really quickly and efficiently, while doing so on your own spare time or schedule. It is hard to explain in print how you must move your tongue inside of your mouth to create the sound “B”, without moving your lips. Most ventriloquists spent years in front of a mirror, through a process of trial and error, to perfect the skill. Your best option would be Tim Crowel's online course.
Tom created the first time released on-line ventriloquism course. 36 great and fun lessons in HD video, written instructions, practice sessions and homework.
You can check out Toms course - Here! (First five lesson are free)
3.Private lessons - This might surprise you, but in my experience this is the worst option today. Of course there are some great tutors out there, but it gets pretty costly pretty quick (just one lesson can sometimes cost you as a whole internet cores or a stack of ventriloquism books), not to mention that sometimes finding a good tutor is almost impossible, as ventriloquism teachers are pretty scarce, even the bad ones. If you found one in your area, you are VERY lucky if not, the commute can be pretty harsh and as they say, time is money.
Here are your first baby steps with ventriloquism, enjoy 🙂
Let jump right into it - Sit in front of a mirror and relax your jaw so that your lips are slightly parted, teeth are almost touching and your tongue has a little room to move but it isn't visible to you. Making a slight smile is helps get you started.
Now say the vowels 'O','I','U' and 'A' without moving your lips. Congratulations, You just spoke your first ventriloquised (is it a word?) letters.
Now, the same way (relax your jaw, smile a little), speak the whole alphabet. Congratulations, you ventriloquised the whole alphabet (I'm guessing you had a little trouble with some letters).
If your having some trouble not moving your lips, try putting a finger over lips (as if telling someone to be quiet).
Holy Molly! You're a ventriloquist Harry! My Job here is done! Long live and prosper! 😉
Though I'm guessing you had some trouble with the letters "b," "f," "m," "p," "q," "v," and "w".
Try saying thease letters again without moving your lips - "b," "f," "m," "p," "q," "v," "Q" and "w".
Sorry to break it to you, but there is no way to do it. So how do ventriloquists do it? With a little magic of cores.
The Magic Trick:
Here is where the illusion happens - In order to overcome these pesky lip-moving letters, we will use "fake" letters or more commonly known as sound substitutions and your brain will "auto correct" them to normal sounding words.
And just like for zombies, the brain is a ventriloquists best friend, of cores a good show and some funny jokes also help people distracted.
Remember when we said "practice and patience" so -
First Ventriloquism Exercise:
Go back to that mirror and as we said beafore - teeth slitley apart, room for the tounge, relax the jaw and say the letters -
A, C, D, E, G, H, I, J, K, L, N, O, Q, R, S, T, U, X, Z.
Once you feel comfortable move on to the words:
Once you feel comfortable saying these words move on to practice the sentence - "Hey dude, This rocks, It is so easy".
You will feel uncomfortable and muffled at first but remember that practice makes perfect.
As you fondly remember, the letters - B, F, M, P, V, W , and Q require you to move your lips and there's nothing you can do about it besides magic... Or using sound substations.
B - "geh"( a sound most easily made from the back of the throat)
So a banana will become a gehnana
Say the sentence,( without moving your lips, duh...): "I love this gehnana" and "This gehnana is rotten".
You must feel silly saying nonsense like gehnana, but remember that the brain of your spectators will do 99% of the work, all you need to do is say it in a natural and coherent way so in the mind of the audience there's auto correct to "banana".
F - "th"
So Phil is thill and fruit is thruit
Say: "thill is a thruit "
Now:"thill loves gehnanas"
(Liplessly of corse)
M - "neh"
So a mango becomes a nehngo and master is nehaster
Make the N vibrate against the roof of your mouth.
Say: "I love nehngo"
And: "thill is nehaster of nehngos and gehnanas"
P - T
So Peter is Teter and Paul is Taul.
Try holding the "T" and saying it with a little exhale of puff of air.
Say:"teter and taul are tiolets".
Now say: "teter loves nehngos and thill is gehnanas".
V - th
So Vinnie is thinne and vote is thote
Say:"thinnie loves to thote".
Now say:"thinnie and teter are gehnanas for nehngos".
W - ooh
So welcome is ooh-elcome and walk is ooh-alk
Say:"ooh-elcome to my house"
Now say:"ohh-elcome thinne and thill, teter is a nahngo"
Q - koo
So question becomes koo-estion and quick is koo-ick.
Say: "I love koo-ick koo-estions"
Now say:"koo-ick kooestion thill, do you like nehngos or gehnanas"
Now the only thing that's left is practice, go in front of mirror and do the above lines for 20 minutes each day, in less than a weak you'll see some serous improvement!
Here are a few more practice sentences - link
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