"While a body might travel as baggage, the head was rarely out of reach..."
September 23, 2011 6:05 PM Subscribe
posted by jessamyn (30 comments total)
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"There is nothing quite like the gasp that escapes your mouth as you walk through three small buildings on a residential street here and find yourself mutely stared at by 1,400 eyes and grinned at by hundreds of painted lips over leathery chins
." The Vent Haven Museum
in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky is a place where ventriloquist dummies go to retire.
Created by W. S. Berger
, president of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists and publisher of the Oracle, as a way to keep his collection from being dispersed after his death, the museum has been open by appointment only since the seventies. It sponsors an annual convention
), just one of the many ventriloquism conferences that happens every year. Photo taking is restricted
so the place hasn't become to internet senation you might expect. For people who grew up with ventriloquism as a somewhat facile-seeming party trick, it may be interesting to note that people used to find ventriloquism somewhat mysterious
I only found out about the place after listening to Nina Conti talked about going there on Marc Maron's WTF podcast.