VentSideShow

Unique puppets hand crafted in New York City.

New York, United States

Announcement    Hello folks. Due to popular demand, my inventory is currently low. If you don’t see something you LOVE today, check back later. I’m currently working on a new collection of one of a kind figures to be released in the next few months. You can also “favorite” my shop and you will be the first to know when new Puppets are listed.

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Last updated on Jan 19, 2019

Hello folks. Due to popular demand, my inventory is currently low. If you don’t see something you LOVE today, check back later. I’m currently working on a new collection of one of a kind figures to be released in the next few months. You can also “favorite” my shop and you will be the first to know when new Puppets are listed.

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James Jimmy Eisenberg

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About VentSideShow

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Building Puppets has always been my greatest passion.

I have been a practicing Artist, Sculptor and Puppet builder since 1977. Performing with but mostly building all types of puppets, constructed out of every material imaginable.

I honed my craft from 1982 through 1986, while studying at Central Washington State University. Art related course studies include but are not limited to, Kinetic sculpture, Painting; Color theory, Metalsmithing, Clothing design, Pattern making and Children’s Theater.

In 1993 I moved to New York City. Here I built my first Ventriloquist Figure, with a goal to earn money in the Central park. I have been building my one of a kind Figures ever since.

On July 1st 2009 I launched my online business “Ventriloquist Sideshow”, selling directly to collectors and professional Ventriloquists. My very unusual, highly mechanical, figures are created with a variety of materials. Today I join you here on Etsy.

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Last updated on Jun 2, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Are your puppets truly one of a kind pieces?

Each of the figures I design and create are individually crafted and only built once. Each of the characters I sculpt are truly one of a kind works of kinetic art and will never be created again.

How do you come up with the characters you create?

My entire figure making building business is branded on the theme of “Sideshow”, this includes the characters I individually create. The unusual physical attributes of the characters I build, come mostly from the thousands of people I see every day on the N.Y.C. subway system.

What materials are used to build your one of a kind figures?

I use a verity of materials to create my characters. The head and hands are almost entirely crafted of an ultra durable waterproof paper Mache process, that I created nearly forty years ago. This very unique paper Mache is layered five to seven layers thick, then it is carved like wood. The bodies are framed out in wood and cover in padded cotton canvas. The clothes are custom made for each specific character, sewn out of hand printed felt.

Can I commission a custom one of a kind figure?

I do and have created many custom pieces for art collectors and performance artists. Custom work is a great way to tailor my new traditional figure style, to your needs as a performer or your desires as a collector. The process is about four months. Please contact me to request custom work policy, it explains the entire process.