Lee Dunn's "Johnny"

 

I have known Lee Dunn for a number of years and have done business with him both buying and selling of ventriloquist figures over the past 5 or 6 years. I always knew he was capable of doing repair work as well. Although we had communicated over the years by email we had never met or talked with each other until this past July at the Vent Haven Convention.

At the convention Lee had told me he was really into mechanics and was working on trying his hand at making a McElroy figure.  Using the wonderful book written by Greg Claassen " McElroy Magic", Lee was able to figure out some of the things he had long wondered about.

He set about to making his McElroy tribute figure. He found a correct McElroy Johnny Casting and did a truly spectacular job of recreating a McElroy Johnny figure. He did not do a completely loaded one on this first attempt but it is pretty close.

Lee put in slot jaw, side to side floating eyes, wiggling ears, wiggling nose, light up nose, flip up wig, floating eyebrows with an override to raise them anytime you desire, plus made a cradle with the correct style locking devise. The body is also a correct cast McElroy body.

The mechanics are all done with steel and brass and are all direct linkage and are super clean and done as well as most anyone could possibly do. When I saw this incredible figure I knew I had to have him for the Dan Willinger collection.

Lee agreed that he would like his first creation to reside with me so here he is for your viewing pleasure.