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If you haven't purchased it already, you should really consider purchasing the Maher Homestudy course in ventriloquism. It is the standard that all other courses are judged by and is very affordable. It will teach you everything you need to know about ventriloquism including near and distant voices. Doing the distant voices is a skill that requires practice, practice, and more practice to get it right. It also helps to have the right tools too. The maher course can be purchased through Clinton Detweiler, who is a retired maker of ventriloquist figures and on ebay. Clinton usually sells it there as sell.
Here's his website.
Mark Wade, the guy who teaches on the dvd's, learned ventriloquism through the Maher course and he constantly references back to it as the best way to learn ventriloquism. The dvd's are good and a nice reference point but only show you a brief glimpse of ventriloquism. Also, everything that Mark covers on the dvd's is in the course. Please understand, I'm not pushing the course because I get anything for doing it. It really is the best course available. Another good site for ventriloquist books, dvd's and the like is Lee Cornell's site. If you want to start out with dvd''s or cds' go to http://www.ventriloquism101.com and buy Jimmy Nelson's Instant Ventriloquism. This two cd set has been remastered from records and is crystal clear. Jeff Dunham learned ventriloquism from Jimmy Nelson's course. I have it and listen to it often because you can never have too many tools but i still always point to the Maher Course. In fact, Lee Cornell even partnered with the course and added his own stuff. I don't have the combined Maher/Lee Cornell course but I'm sure it's really good.
http://www.ventriloquism101.com/products/videos.htm (jimmy's cd's are about 1/4 of the way down the page)
One last thing and I hope I don't violate any rules by doing this. There's another ning site that's setup for ventriloquists, which I have an account with. It's called Vent Universe. No one ever seems to post anything but me but it's a young site and I'm hopeful that everything will pick up as the site continues to grow. Do check it out.