Comedians talk about finding their “voice” all the time. Authors learn to write in a unique “voice”. Singers fear losing their “voice”.
Ventriloquists share all these attributes. We develop a comedic “voice” for ourselves and devise a entirely different “voice” for our sidekicks. And the fear of losing our voice, either literally or figuratively weighs on our mind.
But all this pales in comparison, to a recent story I read at Clinton Detweiler’s NEWSY VENTS blog.
If you don’t know by now; Clinton was my instructor on becoming a ventriloquist via his course on ventriloquism. He is “retired” now, but still makes and repairs ventriloquist dummies.
Thomas Hoare is a 14 year old from Australia who is autistic. He will only speak through a puppet, also named Thomas. Two months ago, Thomas’ puppet was stolen and for the last two months, Thomas has been silent.
Thomas’ story and Clinton’s aid is why I know that other blogger’s views about “demonic ventriloquism” is little more than hooey.