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Shawn Ventriloquist Puppet

Shawn Ventriloquist Puppet

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Description (Brief)
This ventriloquist figure, known as Shaun, was the creation of Todd Stockman, a Baltimore native who attended Towson State University. Inspired by Bergen's Charlie Mc Carthy, Shaun is made of plastic and has a detachable wooden head with moving eyes and mouth. Stockman is a ventriloquist, author, and puppet historian who first appeared with Shaun in 1978 on the Stu Kerr's children's show Caboose that ran on WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. Stockman's early performances included programs sponsored by the Children's Television Network where he worked with Jim Henson and Frank Oz, creators of Kermit and Big Bird.
Stockman's universal recognition included appearances on television, in nightclubs, and on Broadway. He was invited to perform at the White House for both Jimmy Carter and George Bush (1992) where he shared the stage with Jim Henson and Lamb Chop's Shari Lewis. He has won many awards, including an Emmy for "The Case of the Smart Dummy" that premiered on the Children's Television Workshop in New York.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
puppet, ventriloquist figure
Date made
1972
user
Stockman, Todd W.
maker
Stockman, Todd W.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 35 in x 15 in x 9 in; 88.9 cm x 38.1 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
1980.0401.01
catalog number
1980.0401.01
accession number
1980.0401
Credit Line
Todd W. Stockman
subject
Puppetry
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
Television
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Puppets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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