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Mark Merchant

VU Associate Professor

About Todd Oliver, from Todd: “I was always fascinated by ventriloquists, and when I was 10 years old, I received my first ventriloquist’s dummy. A few days later, my father passed away, and my ventriloquist’s dummy helped me deal with the loss. I discovered the little character could make other people happy, too, and that led me to a long career in show business. One day, I had an idea that changed my life. I was looking at my dog and thought, ‘I bet you would have a lot to say if you could talk’. And that was the start of the show I have today. My best memories are those of me and my family all laughing together. I want to make that happen for families across America.”

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