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Señor Wences
The Spanish born ventriloquist Senor Wences was one of the highest paid vaudeville acts in the world. Hugely popular with American TV audiences Wences was also a top nightclub favorite. Born Wenceslao Moreno in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca (Spain), Wences began performing ventriloquism as a child...
 
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Paul Winchell
Born Paul Wilchinsky on December 21, 1922, the son of Sol and Clara Wilchinsky, Paul Winchell grew up to be the most beloved ventriloquist of American children. Ironically, as famous as Paul was, his dummy, Jerry Mahoney, was probably more famous. Not since Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in the previous two decades had a ventriloquist and his dummy known equal celebrity...
 
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Jimmy Nelson
James Nelson was born December 15, 1928 in Chicago, middle child of James and Winifred Nelson. In 1938 Jimmy's Aunt Margaret gave him his first ventriloquist "dummy" as a birthday gift, something that she had won as a bingo prize, which he named Dummy Dan/Danny Dum. He used that figure, which his father modified for better movement; until he asked Frank Marshall construct a new Danny in 1945...
 
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Jay Johnson
Actor, Soap
 
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David Strassman
David Strassman was born in Los Angeles and became interested in theatre after a visit to the Magic Castle in Hollywood at age 11. He practiced magic and ventriloquism until high school where he attended New Trier West High School in Chicago, performing in plays and musicals. Strassman studied improvisation for a year after taking a master class with Viola Spolin from 2nd City...