The presentation of the guitar was made during a fundraiser event that took place at the Hamner Barber Theater on Sunday, June 23rd on behalf of the museum.
“Strum The Guitar” was unveiled at the museum for the first time this week as the 798th “dummy” on permanent display during the 2013 Vent Haven International Ventriloquist conVENTion in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
Jim personally created this unique ventriloquist character in 1983 by converting a guitar that he learned to play on as a young boy.
He performed with the character numerous times as a college student at the University of Minnesota as well as on his local children’s television show “Breakfast with Casey Jones” that Jim co-hosted for over two years. Jim even won First Place in the Senior Ventriloquist Competition after performing with the guitar character at the Vent Haven conVENTion in 1994.
In 1995 Jim constructed a new and improved version of the guitar that he stills owns and performs with on occasion today. “Eventually,” Jim says, “my other characters will be retired to Vent Haven as well, so they may be preserved and enjoyed by future generations.”
About Vent Haven Museum
The museum was originally a private collection assembled by Cincinnati native William Shakespeare “W.S.” Berger, and opened to the public in June of 1973.
Each year, tourists come from around the world to view the hundreds of ventriloquist dummies on display. Tourists learn the history of both ventriloquism and the Vent Haven museum, see demonstrations of some of the dummies and puppets, watch video clips and have plenty of photo opportunities.
The museum hosts an annual international conVENTion which draws ventriloquists from around the world and remains the hub of ventriloquism for ventriloquists everywhere.
Vent Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and donations to the museum are tax deductible and much appreciated.
Please visit our website, venthavenmuseum.com for more information.
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