REPORTING · 30th July 2015
On July 2nd, ventriloquist Neale Bacon and his crazy Critters were at the library to tell jokes and stories to the children of Kitimat. Bacon’s first act was a card trick demonstrated the most magical card of all, a library card. He kept the laughs coming throughout the afternoon show in an attempt to build better readers.
He learned his trade from Peter Rolston. “Peter had a kids show from 1963 to 81 and there were a whole generation of young people watching it. I got hooked on ventriloquism and magic through his show and I met Peter in my twenties and told him who I was and that I loved his show, and he became my teacher and my mentor until he passed away in 2006,” said Bacon following the show.
He explained, people can get the basics of ventriloquism down quickly, but it takes longer to learn to be funny.
Bacon donated a copy of 'The Magic of Voice Throwing' by Peter Rolston to the Kitimat Public Library so children could learn the secrets of ventriloquism.