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“The Year of Creativity” Vent Haven ConVENTion 2009


FT. MITCHELL, Kentucky (April 24, 2009) — The 31st Annual International Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion, sponsored by Vent Haven Museum, will be held at the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, on July 15-18.
Nearly 400 ventriloquists are expected to attend this year’s ConVENTion, which will feature group workshops, tours of near-by Vent Haven Museum, nightly performances for attendees, and junior and senior contests.  Topics range from comedy writing to puppet manipulation, marketing an act to creating character voices.  In addition, Jay Johnson will perform excerpts from his Tony Award winning Broadway show The Two and Only; Comedy Central smash Jeff Dunham will lecture on “The Art of Creativity;” and America’s Got Talent Kevin Johnson will perform.   A special session for youngsters entitled Junior Vent University is also included.
“This convention enables beginning and amateur ventriloquists to meet and talk with working professionals who, in many cases, inspired our attendees to take up ventriloquism. We also offer meaningful workshops and seminars for everyone from those just getting into ventriloquism to full-time professionals,” said Mark Wade, Executive Director of the ConVENTion.
Vent Haven Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of “dummy”-related paraphernalia, is also located in Ft. Mitchell — near Cincinnati, Ohio.  The museum’s unique collection of puppets, photographs, novelty items and memorabilia offers an entertaining, historic and artistic view of ventriloquism.

The ConVENTion will also feature two large “Dealer Rooms” with over 25 suppliers of ventriloquist characters, props, how-to materials, collectibles and more.

For more information on the 2009 ConVENTion, go to or call convention headquarters at 1-614-551-9587.

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