Ventriloquism and the brain

20 Oct

I’ve always loved the art of ventriloquism. Now, Deric Bownds points to an article on the neuroscience of ventriloquism. The entire phenomena is fascinating, an illusion where normal cues are manipulated and we misattributed the source of a sound. In a sense, it is the ultimate misdirection.

Here is a clip of Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney, and Knucklehead. Keep your eyes on Winchell during the performance.

Winchell was not only an accomplished ventriloquist but an inventor, who created an early version of the artificial heart. I would love to read his autobiography, but it is out of print and lists on Amazon at $7,770.79!

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