Mike Palma was interested in the art of ventriloquism at a very early age. He was always surrounded by Magic and Ventriloquism because his father was a Magician and Ventriloquist.
“I have always had a love for both magic and vent, but I seemed to be drawn more toward the vent side of it. I have a picture of myself at the age of 3 years old with my first Willy Talk vent doll. When I was young (pre-teens) the only vents I got to see were mainly Willy Tyler and Lester, Jay Johnson and Bob and that was about it!”
His father bought him his first Pro figure when he was about 10 years old. It was a Maher workshop/Lovik “Jingo” (which he still performs with till this day). The figure, now called “Eddie” has had a face lift, (re-carved, painted and wigged) by Chuck Jackson. It was about this time that Mike wanted to learn how to make figures.
When Mike was 18, he built his first ventriloquist figure out of plastic wood. Then he started to learn about sculpting, what to make the figures out of and in the mid 90’s he began his ventriloquist figure making venture.
Today, Mike makes high quality ventriloquist figures with great character as well as smooth and precise mechanics.
Here’s one of Mike’s performances:
“Figures made by a performing Ventriloquist, For the performing Ventriloquist”