There is more to ventriloquism than being able to speak and keep your lips still. This is an important first step in mastering the art of ventriloquism. The next step is to learn to modify the sound to develop the illusion that the voice is coming from somewhere else than the ventriloquist. Here a 4 types of voices that you can master to have a full repertoire to use in your ventriloquism routines.Visit us for great deals in- Ventriloquist Dummies for Sale.
The puppets or figures have exaggerated features and the ventriloquism voice is modulated to affect a different voice to match it to the character. This is similar to a cartoon where the voice actor modifies their voice to suit the character. A great demonstration of this is Mel Blanc the voice actor behind hundreds of voices including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig etc. A ventriloquism example is Jeff Dunham who employs several characters in his routine with different voices including Peanut, Jose Jalapeno, Achmed, & Walter etc. The greater the difference between the ventriloquist’s natural voice and ventriloquist’s figures voice the better the illusion. With due care and attention a great amount of individuality and character can be given to the voices.
The Voice from the Trunk or Closet
For the voice coming from the trunk or closet the sound should be hollow and quite loud but somewhat muffled. A good recent example can be heard during Jeff Dunham’s Achmed the Dead Terrorist routine (you can see it on youtube). When Achmed tells a joke, the muffled laugh of Walter is heard coming from the trunk.
Voices from Elsewhere
Further locations of voices that can be used are the voice overhead, through a wall and under the floor. The quality of voice used for voice on the roof is a kind of gruff falsetto elevated to a high pitch. While the voice from under the floorboards is a guttural voice that is made as far down the throat as possible.
Approaching and Receding Voices
By merging any of the voices previously mentioned into one another will give the effect of a person on a roof climbing down, or someone in the cellar to coming up the stairs, etc. The last 3 types of voices are produced by using the technique known as the ventriloquial drone and are classed as distant voices. The drone when mastered is used to produce the effect of distance and the muffled sound as if it is coming from a box or trunk or from behind a wall. When in conversation with a distant voice, you must be able to rapidly and constantly change from the caricature or distant voices to your natural voice. This assists in creating the illusion that you are conversing with a real person
By mastering the different ventriloquism voice types, the ventriloquist is able to perform varied routines. Many ventriloquists will only use the caricature voice and the voice from a case, especially for a TV performance. The mastering of these 2 voices in themselves are sufficient to give a wonderful entertaining performance. Mastering the “voices from elsewhere” and the approaching and receding voices can add much variety to a live performance and do much to create the illusion that you can in fact “throw your voice.”