Dickens & Dave's Vent Voting

Ventriloquism Info Surveys


What type of vent figure do you use primarily?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Hard Figure (purchased) 133 54%
2.
Hard Figure (home-made) 21 9%
3.
Soft Figure (purchased) 73 30%
4.
Soft Figure (home-made) 16 6%
5.
Other 4 2%
Total Votes: 247

Currently, are you...........
Answers Votes Percent
1.
An amateur vent. 63 31%
2.
A vent hobbyist. 60 30%
3.
A semi-professional vent. 41 20%
4.
A professional vent. 39 19%
Total Votes: 203

At what age did you begin your vent activities?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Under age 12. 73 36%
2.
Between the ages of 12 to 20. 28 14%
3.
Between the ages of 20 to 35. 30 15%
4.
Between the ages of 35 to 50. 41 20%
5.
Over age 50.. 11 5%
6.
More than one of the above. (Practiced vent for a time, gave it up for a time, and came back to it.) 21 10%
Total Votes: 204

What method did you primarily use to learn vent?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Personal instruction. 24 12%
2.
An instructional book. 45 22%
3.
An instructional video. 7 3%
4.
The Maher Course. 27 13%
5.
A combination of the above. 70 34%
6.
None of the above. 31 15%
Total Votes: 204

Were any of these vents a major influence in your interest in vent?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Edgar Bergen 52 26%
2.
Paul Winchell 45 22%
3.
Jimmy Nelson 19 9%
4.
Willie Tyler 5 2%
5.
Jay Johnson 7 3%
6.
Paul Stadelman (you knew I had to include him) 7 3%
7.
Shari Lewis 20 10%
8.
Another vent not listed here. 47 23%
Total Votes: 202

What type of shows do you do primarily?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Comedy Clubs 12 6%
2.
Children's shows (birthday parties, schools, etc.) 59 30%
3.
Fairs / festivals 9 5%
4.
Banquets (business or private) 10 5%
5.
Church / religious groups 45 23%
6.
Other types of shows not listed here. 59 30%
Total Votes: 194

How often do you generally practice? (routines, technique, etc.)
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Daily. 58 29%
2.
More than one day per week. 29 14%
3.
One day per week. 10 5%
4.
Whenever there is a chance to practice. 105 52%
Total Votes: 202

How much time do you generally spend when practicing?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
15 minutes to 1/2 hour. 107 54%
2.
1/2 hour to 1 hour. 65 33%
3.
1 hour to 1and 1/2 hours. 15 8%
4.
More than 1 and 1/2 hours. 12 6%
Total Votes: 199

When practicing ventriloquism, which aspect is the hardest for you?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Figure manipulation. 13 7%
2.
Lip control. 37 19%
3.
Writing material. 66 33%
4.
Memorizing material. 47 24%
5.
Character voice. 26 13%
6.
Character/vent constrast. 11 6%
Total Votes: 200

When practicing ventriloquism, which aspect is the easiest for you?
Answers Votes Percent
1.
Figure manipulation. 65 33%
2.
Lip control. 61 31%
3.
Writing material. 7 4%
4.
Memorizing material. 7 4%
5.
Character voice. 40 20%
6.
Character/vent constrast. 19 10%
Total Votes: 199


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