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As some of you know, I have been traveling for the past two weeks. As my wife and I were driving from San Francisco to Eugene, Oregon, she turned to me and asked the question I am posting today:
How does ventriloquism/throwing your voice work?
1. First you need to learn to breathe through your nostrils. Sounds obvious? It’s not that easy.
2. Deep and sustained breathing is vital to learning how to throw your voice, since you may have to talk for up to 90 seconds between breaths. Work on holding your breath for as long as you can for a set period each day, making it a routine and practicing it until your lung capacity increases.
3. Practice making a sound akin to a bee drone. Place your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth. Now, push the sound upward from your abdomen through your larynx towards the roof of your mouth. This technique produces an effect similar to a sounding board. If performed correctly, it can fool listeners into believing that the sound comes from a height or a distance. This is known as the “roof voice.”
4. Repeat the process without trying to force the sound to the top of your mouth. Instead, curl your tongue against the back of your teeth. This effect, the “level voice”, can make your voice sound level to you, though still at a distance to others.
5. Repeat the process again with your chin thrust forward and your larynx contracted as much as possible. This appears to move the bee drone sound to a lower physical level, near the floor. It’s called the “ground voice.”
6. Practice switching between these “voices”.
7. Once you have mastered the auditory effect, you must add the visual trick of looking in the direction you want your audience to believe the voice originated from.
The combination of visual and auditory cues will lead your audience to believe they are actually hearing you throw your voice.
Check out Ventriloquism in a Month for more tips on being the big hit at the bar mitzvah!
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