Custom Made Charlie
McCarthy Ventriloquist Figure
|This Charlie is a very
special edition, outfitted in his classic morning suit with
ascot and spats. I have never seen another offered online in
this wardrobe. I am so happy and proud to be offering this
gorgeous, museum-quality Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist figure.
I created this figure as an art piece. Although he is a
functional figure, with head stick made of poplar wood, with a
wood trigger control to operate the mouth, I designed him to be
displayed, as I believe Edgar Bergen should be the only person
to perform with Charlie.
All measurements are exact to an original Charlie. I was able to
use casts of original heads for reference and acquired an
original leg (two pieces... a thigh piece and a knee-down piece)
from a Disney Studios auction in 1997, which I made a mold of
and recreated. I also sculpted a second, mirror image for the
other leg, perfectly mirroring the original. I attached the
thigh to the lower half of his leg with screws and very heavy
elastic, which allows his legs to be positioned in more ways. I
studied countless pictures of Charlie hands, from every resource
I could find, including visiting the Smithsonian Charlie
countless times. No hand detail was overlooked when sculpting
the hands for this Charlie... down to the cuticles.
Charlie's paint was perfectly matched to the color of the
original leg I mentioned previously. I was also able to
perfectly reproduce the texture of his skin, after experimenting
with numerous additives to the paint that were believed to be
what was added to Charlie's paint in the past.
Charlie's hair is simply stunning. He is wearing a custom-made,
human hair wig, perfect in color and texture. Every strand of
hair is hand-knotted and takes 6-8 weeks to make.
His wardrobe is gorgeous. Charlie is suited in a morning suit
jacket with tails and peak lapels. His pants are grey wool, wide
legged pinstriped pants with pleats, which were typical of the
30's and 40's. Charlie's vest and spates were custom-made as
well. His vest is a dove grey suiting fabric, double-breasted,
with six buttons, just like the original that Charlie actually
wore. His spats are made of pale, silver-grey wool felt with
absolutely gorgeous black leather shoes that are vintage 1940's
shoes, which have never been worn, exactly like the shoes
Charlie wore. His collar is a high, detachable, hard collar,
just like the original Charlie wore. His hat is a 100% wool top
hat that fits his head perfectly and is truly stunning. He is
also wearing black dress socks and, of course, his monocle,
which is affixed to his head with wire that goes through tiny
holes behind the monocle, which is how the original Charlies
monocles were affixed.
Charlie's eyes are made from wooden spheres with beautiful brown
glass irises inset, just as the original eyes were made. The
company that makes my irises has been in business, making
gorgeous eyes for over 100 years.
Charlie sits independently. As you can see in the pics, I have
him sitting on a pedestal, which is how the Smithsonian displays
their Charlie. His body is made of poplar and pine, then
upholstered in foam and quilted fabric. He has a wide body, with
slanted shoulders, like the original Charlies. He weighs
approximately 13 pounds. He also has a spring-loaded head lock,
to secure his head to his body, for safety.
The Charlie I reproduced was a labor of love. I have been a fan
of Charlie since I was a child, after discovering him on The
Muppet Show. Soon after, Edgar Bergen passed away and one of his
Charlies was donated to the Smithsonian, where I would visit him
annually. As an adult, I wanted a reproduction, but could not
find one that I was happy with. I was quoted $7000 to have one
made, not including his clothing and another one I found, which
I wasn't very impressed with was $5000 and it was
non-functional, so I decided to create one myself. I believe
mine to be a better, more accurate figure and am thrilled to be
able to offer him at a much lower price.
Within my pics, I have included a scan of the certificate Disney
sent with the Bergen leg so you can see that mine is indeed
My figures have been featured on National TV, including three
times on AC 360, Anderson Cooper's CNN show, four times on LIVE
with Kelly and Michael, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Watch What
Happens Live, etc... all within the last 12 months! Diane Von
Furstenberg even created a custom wrap dress for a figure that
was created as a gift for Kelly Ripa, from Anderson Cooper.
Shipping for Charlie will run $140, which includes full
insurance and professional packaging. The $140 does not cover
the full costs, but I believe it to be fair.
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