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Mark Merchant – Ventriloquism is my superpower

Mark Merchant

When Mark was eight years old in Atlanta, Georgia, his parents were so concerned with his tendency to talk to himself they had him examined for multiple personality disorder.

That same talking to himself, without moving his lips, has taken him around the world, paid for his home, and introduced Mark to his wife of 30 years.

Atlantic City Magazine awarded him “Best Variety Act” for his performance.

Mark tells great stories about OJ Simpson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Buzz Aldrin, George Burns and more. We talk about political correctness, working the cruise market AND working in Vegas Casinos.

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Here’s what’s on this Podcast

  • [2:06] Ventriloquism… Mark’s super power (and how he used it for high school high-jinks)
  • [7:41] Magic & ventriloquism
  • [9:30] Mark’s first cruise job
  • [11:22] Political correctness
  • [30:00] Working cruises & casinos
  • [31:25] George Burns
  • [33:50] Fact or Something John just made up
  • [47:00] Performer horror story
  • [54:15] Advice for the beginner
  • [55:25] Advice for the working pro

Contact info:

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  • YouTube: Meet Mark Merchant
  • Phone for coaching: (770) 595-9202

Make sure to check out my blogs and more episodes on this website

About the author, John

Creator and host of The Variety Artist podcast. Making a living entertaining since 1998.

1 Comment

  1. Mitch Dutton on 07/11/2018 at 3:49 AM

    Mark is correct: “No Dough No Show.” – Stan Kramien

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