by H. R.
even displaced the old-time ventriloquist, who nowadays is
really no ventriloquist at all. When he isn't speaking
his own lines, he is puffing vigorously on a big black
cigar, and how in goodness can a man do that and talk for
his dummy, visibly or invisibly, at the same time? The
answer is, he can't.
Yet we hear the
dummy responding to his partner with a ready line of
repartee, delivered in stentorian tones. What is more,
he turns and twists his head, waves his arms and kicks up
his feet, while the other half of the sketch stands a dozen
feet away with his hands in his pockets.
Apparatus Used by the Operator Behind the Scenes, who Does
the Talking. The receiver enables him to hear what his
co-worker on the stage is saying. Through the
transmitter in his hand he speaks the words which seem to
issue from the dummy.