Mickey Baltz is a dummy – as in ventriloquist dummy. He'll be making his final, farewell appearance in Branson this Saturday night (June 16, 2012) during the 8:00 pm performance of the Hamner Barber Variety Show.
A little about Mickey the dummy:
- He was hand-carved in 1934 by magician and ventriloquist Howard Baltz
- Howard and Mickey performed together throughout the Midwest under the stage names "Howard Stone and Mickey Baltz"
- Last year, Branson ventriloquist Jim Barber did a major restoration on the 78-year-old dummy, Mickey (click here to watch the video of the entire restoration process. Nice work, Jim!)
- Mickey's first performance after the restoration was last July (2011). It was his first performance in over 32 years!
- Mickey's next performance was in April 2012 with Jim Barber as part of the special Branson Centennial Celebration Show Of The Century held at the RFD-TV Theatre to celebrate Branson's 100 years.
- And now, Mickey's final performance in his 78-year career is Saturday night. Twenty members of the Baltz family, including Mickey's "Momma," 94 year-old Clora Baltz, will be attending the Hamner Barber Variety Show to experience this final performance.
Can you say...special?
Wanna go? Check on tickets here