Who’s The Dummy?? | My Life as a Doll Doctor – Dr. Noreen





I still shudder every time I think about the week I spent with a vintage Ventriloquist Dummy. I am a doll doctor…so how hard could this be? Well, this dummy came to me in several pieces the worst of which was the talking mouth assembly. His body was a heavy hard cardboard barrel and his head could be turned via a wooden stick. Too bad the stick, head, and jaw were completely apart. I could see loops and hooks and all sorts of stuff inside that skull of his–but had no clue how to get it all together. You see….although I have “patients”…I can not brag that I actually have “patience”!

I wired that jaw on at least 10 different ways, and each time I thought I had it correct–he spit his jaw out across the room. I was beginning to think he was possessed! I am the type that once I start something–have to finish it, so in tears…I asked our shipper for help. Once again this jaw dropping dummy refused to speak. After several tries our shipper gave up and went home. That’s when I thought I was beaten. It was so late and this dummy had me so upset..I figured it was him or me! As you may have guessed we both survived…so let me tell you what I did. Instead of looking at this like a big complicated rocket science kind of thing–I looked at it as a 5 year old would. The place was getting dark and it was just me and the dummy– I attached a spring here and a loop of string there…and turned that wooden stick and he was looking at me grinning with his jaw perfect! I have never looked at another one of those things in the same way since. I just wanted him gone as I really was beginning to think he was playing with me…I swear I heard him whispering as I locked the door “Who’s The Dummy Now?”


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About Dr. Noreen

Dr. Noreen Morris is chief of staff at the state of the art Tonner Doll Hospital located in Kingston, N.Y. She has over 20 years experience in the repair and restoration of antique bisque head dolls right on up through modern dolls of today. She is often referred to as the "Plastic Surgeon"..but operates on vinyl, composition, hard plastic and bisque dolls too.

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Written by Dr. Noreen. Posted in Dr. Noreen, My Life as a Doll Doctor

Published on June 01, 2012 with 6 Comments

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  1. It’s amazing how a flash of inspiration will hit right when frustration has reared it’s ugly head. I couldn’t work on something like this, because dummy’s creep me out and I think of the Twilight Zone.

    Great results and a great post, looking forward to more!

    • I know exactly how you feel as this Dummy had me a bit creeped out too! Once I gave him his voice back…I think we became friends…tee-hee! It certainly was one big challenge though.

  2. lol I just loved to read this very though battle against the dummy! but you did it! you won !
    congratulation the this and for all the wonderful work you did!

    • Thanks…this one was a battle for sure…but I knew I would not give up. I actually missed him a bit when he left…but not sure our shipper did!

  3. I’m with Jason-very freaky. However, you did a superb job, as usual!

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