Welcome to Ventriloquist Central

“The LARGEST Informational Website About the Art of Ventriloquism”


What Is Ventriloquist Central?

Welcome to Ventriloquist Central where you can find all kinds of interesting information about the art of Ventriloquism. If you interested in past and present ventriloquists (such as The Great Lester, Edgar Bergen, Paul Winchell, Shari Lewis, Jimmy Nelson, Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator, Darci Lynne Farmer and many others)…or maybe about the great ventriloquist figure builders (Theodore Mack & Sons, George & Glenn McElroy, Frank Marshall, Ken Spencer, Jack Coats, Insull, Ray Guyll, plus others)…or just interested in the art of ventriloquism itself, you’ve come to the right place.

This website is the brain child of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst.  In 2006 while attending the VentHaven ConVENTion  Dan met Steve through mutual friend, Ray Guyll. While also a ventriloquist, Steve’s background is in marketing and websites. Dan and Steve shared ideas and from those conversations, Ventriloquist Central was born.

Launched in October of 2006, Ventriloquist Central has grown by leaps and bounds. Ventriloquist Central will keep providing as much information as possible to the Ventriloquial Community.


Here’s what others are saying about Ventriloquist Central….

“Dear Vent Central, I am so extremely grateful for you and really want the thank you for inspiring my search not just for vintage figures but also for their history. In fact, I never would have known about my now favorite builders and vents if it wasn’t for you. Genius figure makers and vents like James “Jimmy” Tattersall, Walter “Walt” Botley and Jack Beckett were previously unknown to me because they simply weren’t on the internet and you can’t research those you don’t know existed
Thank you for preserving and sharing so much.
There really isn’t another source like you.
Forever Grateful”
Tonya Traylor

“Your site is magical, it inspires, it informs, it entertains. It pays tribute, those lives lived and the laughter personified forever in sculptured mask, the puppet, craftsmanship, the voice of spirit at play, the art and craft of ventriloquism. Thanks for your dedication, and all your hard work.” 
Keep M Smilin’
Russo Louis

“Thank you Dan for your Vent Blog and Site. As a working professional, it gives me great joy to be able to come back to whatever hotel home is that day and read the posts you make. Your postings are my connection with my “vent family”. Keep up the great work.”
Steve Brogan
Comic Ventriloquist
Charlotte, NC

“Am thoroughly enjoying the site! I think this is really going to be THE place for vents to congregate on the web. I really love the links and the opportunity to read about and/or see other vents. Thanks so much for doing this!”
Bob Baker

Check Out Ventriloquist Central

Articles:  Here we have articles about Bill Nelson, Johnny Main, Ray Guyll, the Great Lester and so much more.

Blog:  Our blog has over 2,500 posts dealing with just about any and every subject on the Art of Ventriloquism.  You can use the “Search” at the top of the blog page to find anything you want.

Dummy Collection:  This section houses pictures and facts about ventriloquist figures (dummies) that have passed through the Ventriloquist Central Collection.

Tribute to Ventriloquism:  You’ll find historical information and ventriloquists.

Ventriloquist Videos:  Watch videos of ventriloquists, both past and present.

And Special Thanks to
ALL the Wonderful People
Who Have Contributed to
Ventriloquist Central !!!