For the next five years he appeared up and down the country on the club and holiday camp circuit honing his magic while slowly introducing his stand-up comedy and ventriloquism
It taps into the resurgence of interest in ventriloquism
which is big business in America through the likes of Terry Fator, who won America's Got Talent and has headlined in Las Vegas, and Jeff Dunham, one of the most successful entertainers in the States thanks to politically-incorrect characters including Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
The following day he borrowed a how-to book on ventriloquism
from the library (and rumour has it forgot to ever take the volume back).
Most extraordinary, the Coventry wolfman added: "The originator of the phrase 'smash it' was Jamie Redknapp" - suggesting that ventriloquism
may rank alongside incorrect use of the word "literally" among Redknapp junior's many talents.
PAUL Zerdin has helped make ventriloquism
The judges praised Kennedy's novel Day - the story of a Second World War veteran confronting his past while working as an extra on a war film - as "an extraordinary act of ventriloquism
(that) describes the waste and eventual resurrection of a young life shattered by war.
to midnight will include music, dance, puppetry, comedy, vaudeville, storytelling, theater, juggling, visual installations, improvisation, ventriloquism
and, given the theme, quite a bit of magic.
His career in ventriloquism
began when his onetime comic father gave him his first dummy for his 14th birthday.
Children can enjoy creating puppets, learning the art of ventriloquism
and classic children's tales brought to life in unusual ways.
Chris said: "We really do need more comedy, dance, theatre, clowning, puppetry, circus, jazz and ventriloquism
to make what will be called these monthly Laissez-Faire sessions go with a bang.
It will trace the important transformations of notions of the voice and explore ideas behind the 'true' and 'original' concept of voice, teasing out sources, roots and myths, from pagan oracles to protestant singing and ventriloquism
Keith Harris gave the singer a lesson in ventriloquism
with an oven glove as the farmhands wound down from a day milking and mucking out.