Asking how long does it take to learn ventriloquism is like asking how long does it take to learn to play a piano.

It depends on how well you want to do either.

Learning the basics of ventriloquism or the piano is fairly simple.

The questions is: Do you want to play Chop Sticks? Or are you hoping to play Beethoven’s Fifth?

How long does it take to learn ventriloquism?

With minimal instruction, perhaps even self-taught, you could likely pick out chop sticks. And you could likely do the very basics of ventriloquism, or at least pretend to be a ventriloquist.

I’m often confused about why people think they can just “do” ventriloquism with little to no practice. Yet they would never think the same of playing an instrument or even the art of juggling.

It may have something to do with the fact a good ventriloquist makes it appear so easy.

That is the ventriloquist’s job.

The puppet is supposed to look as if it is alive and separate from the ventriloquist. If the ventriloquist looks as if he or she is operating the puppet or struggling with any aspect of the act, it would destroy the illusion.


Some people believe to learn ventriloquism, all you must do is master how to talk without moving your lips.

That is not true. Lip control is only one aspect of ventriloquism.

But lets get back to the original question:

How Long Does It Take To Learn Ventriloquism?

Everyone has different abilities. Some are quick studies and can learn faster than others. Some may struggle with different techniques.

One thing you don’t want to do is rush the learning process.

Ventriloquism is a lot like building a house. You need a solid foundation or the structure will fail.

The foundation of ventriloquism is and understanding of how our diaphram, lungs, voice box, vocal cords, uvula, throat, nasal passages, mouth structure and tongue work together to create sound.

You can learn how to do ventriloquism in a few weeks. Some people even begin to entertain their family & friends after a few weeks.

But to become a proficient ventriloquist it can take years.

Professional ventriloquists like Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator, Dan Horn and many others rehearse daily to maintain their skill.

If you are looking for an easy talent that works right away, ventriloquism may not be for you.

But if you enjoy a challenge and like to make people laugh, ventriloquism is the perfect art to consider!

If you would like to learn how to do ventriloquism, consider checking out our free ventriloquism tutorial here on

Jeff Dunham has also created some simple ventriloquism video lessons that are available by clicking here.

Finally, if you wish to get some advanced training, the International Ventriloquist Society recommends:

The Maher Course Of Ventriloquism


Tom Crowl’s Learn-Ventriloquism