ventriloquism


ven·tril·o·quism

noun \ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwi-zəm\

Definition of VENTRILOQUISM

1
:  the production of the voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the vocal organs of the speaker
2
:  the expression of one's views and attitudes through another; especially :  such expression by a writer through a fictional character or literary persona
ven·tri·lo·qui·al \ˌven-trə-ˈlō-kwē-əl\ adjective
ven·tri·lo·qui·al·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb

Origin of VENTRILOQUISM

Late Latin ventriloquus ventriloquist, from Latin ventr-, venter + loqui to speak; from the belief that the voice is produced from the ventriloquist's stomach
First Known Use: circa 1797

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

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ventriloquism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Art of “throwing” one's voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the speaker. A dummy or doll is commonly used to assist in the deception, with the ventriloquist moving the dummy's mouth while speaking through closed lips. Ventriloquists date from ancient times and include Eurycles of Athens. Such peoples as the Maoris, Zulus, and Eskimos are adept ventriloquists. The art was long a feature of puppet shows as well as of variety entertainment such as vaudeville. Notable ventriloquists included Edgar Bergen in the U.S. and Robert Lamouret in France.

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