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Howard Olson Ventriloquist Figures

 

Seller:  

 Dr. Carl Heigl

Contact Info:  

 drheigl@milwpc.com

Item #:  

 131221b

  Price:  

 See Description

 

Figures can be purchased separately or collectively. If wanting to purchase collectively ask about my group pricing.


 

During his years Howard Olson was known as one of the top quality producers of vent figures, a class entertainer and an awesome writer of vent articles and scripts. People will remember his making of high quality composite vent figures that were sold through George Schindler / Showbiz. George achieved notoriety with his book "Magic with Everyday Objects" and then "Ventriloquism: Magic with Your Voice"; as an aside this vent book was a work that Howie and George collaborated on. Howie was creative, decades ahead of his time. Little known fact is that Howie carved awesome vent figures and did so for a period of decades. Howie's figures were built to
last life times and were also made for maximum stage presence. Howie was very selective of those he carved for. Howie knew all the greats of
ventriloquism of his time and his father's time; learning from them all.
What made Howie a Master was his ability to look, listen and then ask the
right questions. I am the proud owner of 3 of Howie's hand carved
masterpieces. Starting in 1963, taking vent lessons from Howie we created
one in 1963 - Barney, another in 1967 - Pierre and then a third - Marty in
1974, which Howie created on his own. Howie's skill, craftsmanship,
professionalism and art are in / on each one. Besides being collector
items, all 3 are totally functional and are stage ready. They will be stage
ready for decades to come.

These 3 figures are now for sale. Each is described in writing and shown in
pictures. These are one of a kind originals, never copied or mass produced.
Here is your chance to own a piece of ventriloquial history, created by the
hands of a master, Howard "Howie" Olson, who was also know as Leroy
Chesterfield, as he was the son of The Great Chesterfield. Now you know
Howie's ties to the greats of his time.

You can contact me directly by email: drheigl@milwpc.com or by cell phone
262.215.7246 for purchase details.

Figures can be purchased separately or collectively. If wanting to purchase
collectively ask about my group pricing.



 

   




Barney - one with red hair was created in 1963. Has slot mouth, moving eyes both directions and self centering, winkers - individual controls for each / both eyes. Hand carved from balsa wood. Originally in 1963 Barney had only a slot mouth. Additional options made in Howie's workshop in 1968. Barney was repainted by Howie in about 1983. $2,000.00

   

 

 
     


Pierre - one with jet black hair was created in 1967. Has slot mouth. Hand
carved from balsa wood. Real Glass eyes. $1,750.00

   

 

 



Marty - one with dishwater blond hair was created in 1974. Has slot mouth,
moving eyes both directions and self centering, winkers - individual
controls for each / both eyes, shaking right hand. Hand carved from white
pine. $2,500.00

   

 

 
   

 

 
   



Figures can be purchased separately or collectively. If wanting to purchase
collectively, ask about my group pricing.


 

     
 

 

 
     

 

 

 

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