Monday, December 8, 2008

City of People in Monochrome Monday: Street Ventriloquist



This ventriloquist is performing at Braga Street, Bandung.

A ventriloquist, by the way, is a person who is skilled at speaking without moving his/her lips. Ventriloquism - the ability to perform ventriloquizing - which is now considered mainly as a stagecraft was originally performed by the Greek as a spriritual ritual whereby a prophet would speak to and interpret the voice of the dead who was believed to reside in his stomach. That is why ventriloquism is also called gastromancy or "belly speaker".

This photo is for my participation in Monochrome Monday meme. To see other black and white and monochrome photos of this meme's participants, please click the link.

16 comments:

Daryl said...

Fun shot .. was he any good??

:-Daryl

Aileni said...

Great post and one that celebrates the skill of the 'vent' as they are known in stage circles.
I have only started updating the blogroll since the trouble with Linky last week. You are going on now. There are others who are still missing.

Catherine said...

A fine portrait for Monochrome. This man and his marionette (do we call it like this?) are inseparable, I bet.
You taught me the Greek origins to Ventriloquism. I knew nothing about the use of this skill at this antique time.

melanie said...

J'ai entendu le ventriloque dire : "Belle photo monochrome" !

Carrie Hayes said...

He looks like a very happy person! Love the monkey, we dont have any street Ventriloquist here!

babooshka said...

We still have them here, more as a novelty act. Lovely shot of the two of them, and just how alive does the dummy look.

the donG said...

cant decide who really is cute in the picture.

nice monochrome shot!

the donG said...

i cant really say who's cute here in this photo. hehehe.. another nice street shot eki.

uncleawang said...

Thanks for sharing.We seldom see this performance at street in Kuching or even in our local TV show and perhap not many Malaysian have such skill to act as Ventriloquist.

Julie said...

I love the shot but especially love the smile on the man's face, makes me smile

Mona 033776 said...

Love the monkey

Hilda said...

I've never seen a ventriloquist perform live and you have them on your streets! Cool!

ramblingwoods said...

I always wanted to do that when I was a child. I would take a stuffed animal and pretend...

Marco Crupi said...

You very good photographer ( My english is bad ) i follow your blog.

Mahmud Yussop said...

Creativity is alive , even on the streets. That's great.

omami said...

great shot...you have a talent for street shots!!