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Featured Figure:
Charlie McCarthy replica

 

Date Created: 1980

Created by: Gizmo Labs

Used by: original used by Edgar Bergen

Special Features: None 

Trivia: 
1. The original Charlie McCarthy became famous as the wise-cracking sidekick to Edgar Bergen, the most famous of all ventriloquists.
2. Bergen and McCarthy ruled the radio airwaves for over 20 years in the 1930's, '40's, and '50's.
3. This figure is not an original Charlie and was never used by Edgar Bergen.
4. This replica is not a working figure. Gizmo Labs had authorization to create this figure as a museum piece by the Bergen Foundation with the stipulation that it be non-functional. The mouth slots are drawn on, and there are no working mechanisms in the body. 
5.
This replica is made from molds taken from an authentic Charlie McCarthy.
6. For most tourists at Vent Haven, seeing this figure is the highlight of the tour.
7. One of the authentic Charlie McCarthys is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute.
8. There is some debate about how many other authentic Charlies exist.
9. This replica is on display in Building One of the museum, and is thus not visible in any of the Quicktime Virtual Pans on this website.
10. For trivia buffs, you can read even more about Bergen and McCarthy in  DUMMY DAYS , a biography of Bergen and four other vents, written by Vent Haven Museum advisor Kelly Asbury. You can purchase the book at Amazon.com at the link above, or buy the book from the museum, and all proceeds will go to the museum.

Do you have additional information about this figure? Do you have a suggestion for a future Figure of the Month? Is there a figure maker whose work you would like to see featured? Let us know by emailing the Vent Haven staff.

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