How long does it take to become a ventriloquist?

Well, let’s talk about four minutes.

Here’s a video of a ventriloquist’s dummy being led to his death by a fire truck:

You can’t help be mesmerized. But is there any doubt about its intent?

I’ve seen some video from YouTube so I tried to replicate the exact steps:

Step 1 – Make him say “Aaah.”

Step 2 – Get close enough to him that you can hear him breathe.

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Step 3 – Hold him while using him as an excuse to open all the doors.

Step 4 – Take out the ventriloquist dummy, and tell him “Aaahhhhh!”

To be fair, the dummy had no intention or desire to die. It simply didn’t know what was up until it started to take his breath. So maybe the dummy did die. But was the dummy conscious? Would it be possible for it to feel pain? There’s a big difference between a dummy and a human person, so we aren’t entirely sure whether he would be conscious or unconscious as well.

Still not convinced? Well the following video is another good indicator of what was going on:

You can see how they made sure a dummy was on its knees.

If he took your breath, you didn’t just walk away from the dummy.

You moved toward it. You held onto his neck. You took this dummy with you. And you did not leave before he died.

Let’s talk about how you can be a good ventriloquist.

Before you go into the practice of ventriloquism, make a list of everything you are going to do. What are you going to do as a ventriloquist dummy?

You want something very different than a human person. How you will do that depends on your personality, and it depends on the size, shape, and color of the dummy.

You want him to look and feel like a child.

He must have your size, shape, and color.

He has to know exactly what it’s going to take to get him through a door.

If he can hear breathing, then he can hear you.

He may make some sounds that are not exactly pleasing, but don’t let him hear you.

He’ll know he’s supposed to do something before he does it.

As long as you can make him see or hear