Back in the late 30's, this was the book to have if you wanted to be a ventriloquist! Bergen and Charlie had the #1 rated radio show and ventriloquism was HOT. I'm sure many kids woke up on Christmas morning to find an Effanbee Charlie doll (or one of the many knock-off's) and this book!
Bergen himself always said that he didn't actually know who wrote this book. He definitely didn't write it himself. In fact, the author's choice of sound substitutions in the section on basic vent technique is rather poor. On the other hand, the section on the distant voice is much more in-depth and is, in fact, quite good! Additional chapters include how to stage your performance, giving a performance of distant ventriloquism, using shadow puppets, etc.
Even though this was sort of a "puff piece" book written for the general public, there is real value in much of the material.
Scarce Amereon House reprint edition. Original copyright 1938. Measures
approximately 5" x 7-1/2" and has 125pp; hardbound with gold foil stamping and no dustjacket (as issued). Very
fine+ overall condition.
Comes in an archival sleeve with acid-free backboard for protection.
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How To Become a Ventriloquist - Book by Edgar Bergen
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