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daffydoug
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Does any one have an opinion on who makes the most absolutely realistic , lifelike vent figures in the world? I know most of the figures made are pretty good, but who makes the best? (Price is no object)
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Tim Selberg-------cheers!---Jimo---remember absolutly lifelike may not always be the funniest. Smile
Harry Murphy
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I agree that Tim’s work is amongst the best.

You can check out his offerings at:

http://www.selbergstudios.com/

For quality and durability expect to pay a premium price!
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For Hard Figures: Tim Selberg, Ray Guyll and Brant Gilmer.

Ray Guyll web site is
http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/k/gkoepke/guyll

Brant Gilmer didn't have a website, his email address is brangilm@adelphia.net. He make a character according to your specification and need.

For Soft Figures: Steve Axtell, Verna Finly and Mary Ann Taylor

If I have a lot of money, I like to buy figures from all of them.


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Try George Schindler at Show Biz Services in New York.

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ventman
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Definitely Selberg...top quality!
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I have to agree... Tim Selberg for hard figures and Steve Axtell for soft figures.
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http://www.imaginariumgalleries.com/ig/new%20gallery.htm

This is another great site that I had a friend refer me to.
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I am new at venting and follow the hodini philosphy;

an illusion (inexpensive) done with good showmanship is always better than an illusion (expensive) done poorly.
anything ordinary done with extra proactivity will always become extraordinary. ( amamzing boz philosphy)

great success !
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This is a tough topic...

There are so many figures out there and so many figure makers...

To pick and choose who is the best is like comparing apples to oranges.

I prefer... for my particular style and taste... an incredible figure maker named Robert McRay out of Hollywood. Both of my main stay figures have been created by him. Both of mine are carved from Basswood, the traditional vent figure material, but the concepts and figures are far from traditional. Robert creates figures in his original "BIG Head" style. Hence the size of Joe head in this picture. He also carves from a 5 line description you provide and no sketches are ever done. Most people don't like to work this way when you are paying thousands for a figure... It's the only way I would care to do it.
I trust in the artistic style and talent of Robert.


That's my opinion!

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Budihaha
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Yes, Jimmy!
You are absolutely right! I forgot to mention McRay.

So here is Robert McRay's website:
http://www.robertmcray.net/Home_pagex.html

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Budi Ha Ha
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Geoff Felix in the UK is brilliant. He produces many figures but is most known for making figures in the style of Len Insul.
Check out his web site.
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Probably one of the most underrated figure makers out there in my opinion is Conrad Hartz! His main forte' is cheeky Irish figures and Mortimer/bumb figures. However he is a very talented carver and can make just about anything! You can really tell the Frank Marshall influence in his figures. His carving and paint work is absolutely beautiful!

Also, he is without a doubt THE most reasonable carver out there in terms of price! I know of no other pro figure maker in the business (especially with his kind of experience) that will carve you a custom figure out of basswood for what he charges!

http:/bellsouthpwp.net/g/k/gkoepke/hartz/
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Conrad is great. He's carving me a figure right now. I've also ordered one from Brant Gilmer who will get started in August. Both have incredbily reasonable prices, and I've heard from many that NOBODY matches Brant Gilmer for excellent mechanics these days.

I have a friend that has a BIGHEAD figure, and he RAVES about it. Now keep in mind, this is coming from a guy who used to own and perform with a McElroy so that says a lot about Bigheads.
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Hey Matt, do you know if Brant has an official website? I've tried looking but cannot find anything.
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I use the Puppet Hut in Vidalia, Georgia for my creations. Allen McCall made me four puppets and one thing I really love is the arm and hand does not get hot and sweaty while inside the puppet. If you want to contact him, go to my website, http://www.policemagic.com, and click on Puppets On Patrol. His email and address is listed at the bottom.
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I know some of you are going to think I'm nuts but I personally think Tim Selberg figures are overrated and certainly overpriced. The problem I see with Selberg figures are they are way too streamlined and 'flawless.' To me they resemble China dolls more than they do ventriloquist dummies. Humans have flaws and I think one quality that makes vent figures seem more 'human' is that they have a sort of rough around the edges look to them.

Albert at http://ventriloquistfigure.com makes fantastic looking figures and at a much more reasonable price. I also happen to believe that Alan Semok at http://dummydoctor.com makes great figures as well. Conrad Hartz is also fantastic and so is Brant Gilmer.
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I agree with your take on the Selbergs. I've owned two of them and sold them both... Not his wood carved stuff, only his "living puppet" line. I think his wood carved stuff is better. I really like Brent Gilmer - but thought he wasn't making puppets any longer? What is his contact info?

I love Conrad's work - escpecially his "BUM" figures. In vent circles his is highly regarded.
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On 2004-04-28 10:34, Jimmy Vee wrote:
I agree with your take on the Selbergs. I've owned two of them and sold them both... Not his wood carved stuff, only his "living puppet" line. I think his wood carved stuff is better. I really like Brent Gilmer - but thought he wasn't making puppets any longer? What is his contact info?

I love Conrad's work - escpecially his "BUM" figures. In vent circles his is highly regarded.




Glad someone else shares my opinion. Yes I owned a living puppet and sold it as well. I think I was more caught up in wanting to own a Selberg than anything else. Once I had it, I realized it wasn't the big deal I thought it would be.

Yeah Conrad Hartz is great! I've commissioned him to build a figure for me in the not so distant future. He could charge so much more for his figures if he wanted to but he keeps them down to such a reasonable price. It makes me wonder how other figure makers justify charging 7 to 10 thousand dollars for their figures when Conrad will build you a custom hand carved figure for 1250!!

Anyway, I simply must give kudos also to Robert McRay. Though I have never owned one, his creations are truly among the most unique I have ever seen! His bighead style makes his creations really pop and come to life. I also hear they are a dream to operate.
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Hello there all, my name is Jeremy Albert Ringermacher and I've just launched a new ventriloquists figure production studio, called J.A.R. Productions. I've just presented my first character at the international ventriloquists convention in Las Vegas to much success. My web site is in the making and will be up shortly. My figures are a top of the line alternative to a Selberg and to any other figure maker for that matter. I can email photos of the figures upon request.
My address is Jar_productions@sbcglobal.net


Most Sincerely,
Jeremy Albert Ringermacher

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