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Topic: Maher Course
Message: Posted by: sfx (Sep 18, 2005 11:50PM)
I have just purchased the Maher course and vinyl vern. I now eagerly await their arrival. Does any one have any suggestions or pearls of wisdom to share with me regarding vent? I am an absolute beginner in this area and feel I may have jumped in at the deep end?
Message: Posted by: cardone (Sep 19, 2005 09:10AM)
Practice every day..... wait.... I mean practice all day........ The rewards are great ! Any questions e mail me .
Message: Posted by: olivertwist (Sep 27, 2005 06:53PM)
Some people (like me) learn better by seeing and hearing. I did the Maher course and I recommend it. It is very thorough. But I really learned the verbal techniques from Steve Taylor's "Voicing Your Dummy" and Pete Michaels' 'Video Ventriloquism'. Whatever resources you use practice every day. Practicing while you drive is a good way to use time that is otherwise wasted. Taylor says if you use pracitce his lessons every day for 15 minutes, in 6 months you'll be able to do it and perform. This worked for me. I tried adding ventriloquism to my magic act after 6 months of practice and it went over well. (I also started with Vern. Everyone loves Vern!) It still took time for me to get comfortable doing vent in front of an audience, but the more you do it the better you get. It has been a huge addition to my act. It's a lot of fun and the audiences really enjoy it. You won't be sorry for spending the time learning.

Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 27, 2005 07:40PM)
I am in the process of using it thanks to sluggo (BTW Sluggo, I am almost done! I am sure you are ready to have the stuff back)! All I have to say is that so far it has been a great course and I have been studying and learning carefully some things that I never knew! I have learned so much from this course along with a few of Steve Taylor's videos! THANKS AGAIN SLUGGO, I WILL SAVE YA SOME TICKETS!!!
Message: Posted by: sluggo (Sep 27, 2005 08:11PM)
You're more than welcome! I figured if there was somebody that would something with it, that would be you. That's 'front' row tickets.(ha)
Message: Posted by: leftytheclown (Sep 29, 2005 11:42AM)
Where can I get the Steve Taylor's "Voicing your Dummy and the Pete Michaels' 'Video Ventriloquism'? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: sluggo (Oct 1, 2005 10:23PM)
Go on Steve Taylor's site, you an find it there.
Message: Posted by: olivertwist (Oct 2, 2005 09:20PM)
Check out petemichaels.com for his stuff.
Message: Posted by: Neale - Bacon (Oct 14, 2005 10:16PM)
I would recommend NOT overdoing it when you start. There is wisdom in the 15 minutes a day approach.

Most of all, have fun. Don't make it a chore.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Oct 21, 2005 12:47PM)
The Maher Course is great! I highly recommend it. Be patient and keep prcticing. If you work hard enough, you will get it in time. I agree with Neale about having fun with it. If it becomes a chore don't try to force yourself to practice too much.

Good luck!