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Does anyone here do any onstage gimmicks? Ventriloquism?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Rockin John, Sep 5, 2002.


  1. Yeh. I know it's a bit of an odd one, and I know you guys are likely to rip me to shreds on this, but I just wondered because it is a serious question.

    :eek: :eek:

    When we play I present the show, do the audience interaction stuff tell gags, etc, and I want to use a ventriloquists' dummy as part of it.

    I've practiced up a bit - just talking without moving my lips - but I could use some further help.

    Any advice please?

    Head down and here we go.

    John
     
  2. Pharmecopia

    Pharmecopia

    Jul 31, 2002
    should this be in off topic? :eek:
     
  3. Possibly. But I opted for Misc because it's directly to do with the band's performance. I concede, though, it's not about the actual music.

    :D

    Over to the Mods.

    John
     
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Yes, unless I futz with the thread title to something more miscellaneous-y

    There.
     
  5. My guitarist has a sock puppet for yucks and pretends to be a ventriloquist by talking out the side of his mouth.

    You don't have to actually learn ventriloquism to be entertaining.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Acepiloto

    Acepiloto

    Aug 25, 2000
    I just get to do my infamous Chewbacca impression.:D :D :p
     
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
  8. Thanks Big Wheel. :D A much better title.

    Donne, I agree. It's just that I have a fancy to do it "properly", if you understand me. I don't want to be a ventriloquist act or anything but I am sort-a captivated by having a go with a proper dummy.

    :D

    John
     
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Haven't you got a suitable guitarist who would fall into this category!? ;)
     
  10. :eek:

    Well, dunno about that, Bruce. :D Anyway, that sort of thing's probably illegal.......Quite like the guitarist as it happens. Now the ex-drummer, that's a different point all together. To be fair to the guy, I don't dislike him as a person.......I dislike his playing.

    Have a good weekend.

    John
     
  11. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Ba Da Bing.:D
     
  12. punkfunkfreak

    punkfunkfreak

    Dec 16, 2001
    You sound like a certain embarrassing DJ uncle of mine that turns up at all the weddings/birthdays/funerals and spends half the time playing with puppets and rubber chickens rather than playing music.

    Im sure youre not like that tho.

    ;)

    get one shaped like a...um...monkey, yeah, everybody loves monkeys.

    *eric camerons avatar dissapears*

    :D
     
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Something about that whole sticking your hand up their butt and making them talk just throws me. Admittedly, guitarist seem to like it.





    *crickets*




    *gerbils*


    Anyway, sometimes we play "Who farted?".
     
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I have a rubber chicken. I stuff an SM-58 down its neck, so it looks like it's holding the mic ball in its beak. I've cut a slit at the locus of its anus, through which I slip the cord for the mic. Then, I place the neck of the chicken (with mic inside) in an oversize mic clip, and sing into the chicken.

    Now, I used to do the same thing about 25 years ago. At that time I had a young friend (he was three at the time) who used to come to practice with his older siblings. He always looked a little nervous to me. Come to find out, now that he's in his late 20's, he was terrified of that danged chicken. I love that.
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    1. Laklands
    2. Practicing the fine art of Stealth Condescension
    3. Scaring small children
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Brad, you've almost hooked me with that condescension thing. Me? Condescending? I am the epitome of humility.

    Your humble servant,
    Munjibunga

    p.s. You left out Eden.
     
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    One of Brad Johnson's hobbies?:eek:
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    No, in this case merely a sound effect. Note the wrapping of the animal with *'s:D
     
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
     
  20. I play in a Jason Voorhees style hockey mask, not so much a gimmick as it is a hider of my face(im not the best looking, and puberty didn't help anything).