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The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.

[From Latin ventriloquus, speaking from the belly : venter, ventr-, belly + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

ven′tri·lo′qui·al (-trə-lō′kwē-əl) adj.
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Agatha broke it because she was fond of making toffee, of eating it, of a good fire, of doing any forbidden thing, and of the admiration with which the servants listened to her ventriloquial and musical feats.
Grimwig, speaking by some ventriloquial power, without moving a muscle of his face.
For the words which I intended the corpse to speak, I confidently depended upon my ventriloquial abilities; for their effect, I counted upon the conscience of the murderous wretch.
'Do not interrupt this ventriloquial necromanciss, my friend,' it said in English.
In York, this ventriloquial performance is definitively awkward; Christ himself is present when Lazarus speaks.
Designed for all levels of ventriloquial ability - beginner, advanced and hobbyist - the day featured guest speakers and workshops and was attended by 50 delegates.
(2) The relational and dialogic aspects are clearly in evidence in what Basil Willey has dubbed "the ventriloquial method" in the work of Morley and other mid-Victorian liberal critics (Willey 263; cf.
Acting as Starr's double or ventriloquial agent they will channel words, voices and sounds into the gallery space.
Waldron's lecture through ventriloquial techniques while
Wanlu credits Ferdie Aguas and John Eric Deocampo as those who help him turn a serious topic into a funny yet informative ventriloquial act.
My father was also a ventriloquist and in the early 1970s, he bought a ventriloquial figure from a theatrical collector.