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Is it o.k. to use sock puppet to perform ventriloquism? Does it look professional enough?
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I would say yes if YOU and your technique is professional enough. Shari Lewis' puppets where made from socks...Lambchop and Charliehourse.
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I use to do a distance voice using a coke or cup. I even finish one routine with a bare hand because the puppet didn't know he was not real. It's for grown ups only.
Use whatever you have. I have seen amost anything made to talk from a book to a toad, which I use myself. And kids love sock puppets, I use them alot.
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Lambchop is one of my all time favorites. I really miss seeing Shari Lewis. My daughter and I used to watch her and Lambchop, along with the rest of the gang all the time. It's sad that "The Song That Never Ends" finally did. Smile

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I've recently added a sock puppet to my kid's act. Originally, in part of the act where myself and a volunteer where trying to make a hanky reappear the kid would pull a sock out of a change bag instead of the silk. While I was busy clapping at the hanky reappearing, the kids would be shouting that it was a sock. I would then get the kid to pull the hanky out of the sock for the finale.
I recently added another bit where the kid changes the sock into a snake by sticking on eyes. (the hook side of velcro sticks nicely to socks so I have that stuck on the back of some googly eyes which the kid places on the sock) After a couple of bits of business with the snake the hanky is pulled from it's 'mouth'.


P.S. Quick hint for buying colourful socks, look in the womens section they seem to have a lot more striped, colourful socks than men.
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I don't think anyone really cared what Lambchop was made from, Sheri made that sock come alive for us all. It was her routine and the personality of that "sock" that made it work. I agree with the other comments here, you can probably use almost anything as long as it fits the routine, makes sense, and you are reasonably good in the presetation. Good luck with sock. Oh, one tip, be sure it's a clean, fresh sock, not one from the gym locker.
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Very interesting discussion guys. I think the look of the "sock" puppet needs to fit your style and act. If it does it can be professional looking, making sure of course the routine is worked out.
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I just had a cool idea for a snake puppet. How about getting a small wicker bastket and cutting a hole in the side you can stick your hand up and out the top. Use a sock puppet and make it look like a snake and then you can do a routine where the snake comes out of the basket. Maybe even work in a magic snake basket routine where the snake picks a choice card from inside the basket.

Hey - it's an idea!

Another one would be use a flower pot and make the sock puppet a flower or worm.
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A handkerchief (above your hand and arm), Two sticking eyes (on medius) and a stick for red lips (thmb and index)and you get a funny quick pupett for a small ventriloquist intervention.

Cordialement, Patrick
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