Ventriloquism is a form of stage theater in which a person changes his or her voice so that it sounds like the voice is coming from somewhere else (usually a puppet or a dummy). A ventriloquist is one who performs this art.
Originally, it was practiced in religion. Now, it is used in comedy.
History of modern-day ventriloquism
Today's modern ventriloquism started in nightclubs.
Images for kids
Ventriloquist The Great Lester with Frank Byron, Jr. on his knee, c. 1904
Sadler's Wells Theatre in the early 19th century, at a time when ventriloquist acts were becoming increasingly popular.
Swedish ventriloquist act Zillah & Totte
A ventriloquist entertaining children at the Pueblo, Colorado, Buell Children's Museum
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his best-known sidekick, Charlie McCarthy, in the film Stage Door Canteen (1943)