Monday, February 8, 2016
At times I am the Dummy
Many years ago Shirl drove up at our house with a man other than Jim (her hubby) in the car. He was made of Rope (forgot his name). From a distance it did look like she had a man with her. She got a lot of laughs with this life size dummy. It belonged to a friend of hers who lived alone and did use the dummy to give the impression there was someone riding with her.
We got to know a lady who RV’s and she has a full size dummy she refers to as her friend. She said her daughter feels better this way, since she cannot talk her mama out of driving the RV to Florida.
I have heard of this being done for a couple reasons, one is to provide the driver with a feeling of security, the other to allow someone to cheat driving in the HOV lanes in big cities, usually it gets one past the traffic and to work faster. I hear it is a hefty fine if you get caught ‘cheating’.
I thought of this as we walk here every day. There is a large RV with the awning out with two life size dummies sitting under the awning. I speak to them every time we pass. (LOL).
On a related subject (In another life) I was a ventriloquism, my most enjoyed ‘dummy’ was/is George the Monkey. He was always a hit with the kids. I rigged him to drive the tow vehicle for a few years:
(George's hand and head were automated, he waved at folks who passed. One kid in Nova Scotia ran beside of the car yelling for everyone to look, a monkey is driving, another lady in Texas woke up her child to see George)
Here is Corey and Ben with George. On one of our mountain camping trips. All the grand kids loved George, now Stella has fell in like with him.
WE were at an RV show a few years ago and there were two wandering ventriloquists there. One a lady (she was very good) with a small hand puppet.
The most impressive dummies I have seen is the ‘life size’ partner. I had never seen that before. But since I am out of that ‘world’ now, it is probably not too unusual.
In my youth the most famous was Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy.