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How Ventriloquism Works

Authors
  • Graziano, Michael S. A.1
  • 1 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 24, 2014
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2014.00004
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

My son and I have a pet orangutan named Kevin. He talks to us almost every day and usually asks for a banana. All right, he's not a pet, he's a large hairy puppet, and I make him talk using the trick of ventriloquism (see Figure 1). But it is pretty fun anyway. When the puppet moves his mouth, a squeaky voice seems to come out of him, not me.

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