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Feedback from an adult, customized show for the San Bernardino law firm of Hallett, Emerick & Wells in December 2013
Joe was great. I booked him very early in the year to provide the entertainment for our firm's annual holiday luncheon in December. He was very easy to communicate with and totally upheld his part of the deal. His ventriloquism and comics entertained all of us. His puppets were impressive and made lasting impressions on all of us. Thank you Joe for providing the fun!

Ventriloquist Wows Students at Bradley
By Paul Prado
Special to the Highland Community News
Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:39 PM PST
Joe Gandelman at Bradley Elementary
Photo by Paul Prado Photography - From left: Jennifer Bay, Bradley program facilitator; John Raven, seated in green; ventriloquist Joe Gandelman; Highland resident and teacher Jaqueline Curiel; and Cat in the Hat Jose Rangel, shared smiles after two assemblies that promoted reading at Bradley School last Friday.

Last Friday, as showers pummeled San Bernardino, Joe Gandelman, a ventriloquist from San Diego, brought a little ray of sunshine to the students at Bradley Elementary School. Gandelman brought a host of interesting characters to promote reading. The assemblies coincided with Read Across America and the celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Gandelman's characters included John Raven, the star of the show, the genie's head in the box, a big bear that meowed, a shy turkey, several dogs, a shark, an elephant, along with other characters. The students squealed with excitement as each character took the stage. All the while, Gandelman kept reinforcing the need to read and that reading was an essential skill to have in school and in life.

"I like to make kids and people happy while hammering the content. In this case, the assemblies were about reading,” Gandelman said. At one point, Gandelman reminded the students to check out books in the school's library.

"It was amazing! He was engaging the students and very hilarious. His dialogue about reading and bringing in the idea about books was great. I liked it when he said that books are better than television and video games," said Marylynn Mollner, a first grade teacher at Bradley. "His characters were so believable. They were personable and funny. He kept the kids, and the adults, laughing through the whole thing; all through his message of literacy.”

Bradley's principal Nereida Gutierrez said, "This assembly was great for many reasons. Firstly, it promoted reading at all levels. Secondly, it was really refreshing to see the laughter in our students' faces. It's important for them to feel safe within the environment of being at school. His message was clear. Read. Read. Read. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.”

"When I called Mr. Gandelman, I told him that I wanted the kids to be excited about reading and have fun. Mr. Gandelman's assemblies did just that and more. If the assemblies could motivate one student to read and to do research, then I would have accomplished my objective,” said Jennifer Bay, the school's program facilitator. "After the ventriloquist left, one of the students approached me and was so excited about what Gandelman did with his characters. The student wanted to learn about ventriloquism. He wanted to read! And that's what I wanted. Gandelman did a remarkable job!”


Reaction to a family show at Clearview Elementary School in Chula Vista on Feb. 27, 2014: "Our elementary school hired Joe Gandelman for our family reading night and he was amazing. It's not easy to keep both parents and students entertained for an entire hour, but that's exactly what Joe Gandelman did. He had an entire auditorium mesmerized with his unique humor and amazing puppets and even tied in our reading theme into his presentation. Every time he brought out a new puppet, the kids roared in excitement. Then his humor would take over. Joe Gandelman also stuck around after his presentation and talked to kids about the behind the scenes of puppetry. He was very patient and answered all their questions. Great all-around presentation!"

He has done his show in countless -- and often colorful -- venues throughout the country. He has performed on huge historical vaudeville stages, at school assemblies, at private homes, on boats, restaurants, at fairs and festivals -- also in the back of a pickup truck and in a Pig Barn Arena in Texas.

In a Sept. 2011 through May 2012 tour he did thematic school assemblies at 260 schools of all grade levels across the country -- sometimes more than one show at a single school.

His shows are PROVEN LAUGHTER-GETTERS, whether he's doing a customized show at a big corporate event, or performing at a picnic, fair, festival, in a variety show, a school assembly, private adult or children's party.
He performs from coast-to-coast doing approximately 400 shows across the country each year

Check out what Mark Miller has to say about Joe in his article Laughing with Wooden Lungs

Joe Gandelman did a three hour how to do ventriloquism-workshop for The Bascom Group of Irvine, CA. Here is a comment from one of the employees:

Joe Gandelman’s "How to do Ventriloquism" workshop helped show my colleagues and I the importance of developing a specialty and turning a weekend hobby into a profession. I would recommend Joe’s workshop to anyone for any occasion. It was a fun, entertaining, and a downright hilarious experience that shined a light on deeper meanings, such as setting goals and being consistent with a practice. Not only did we all have some great laughs, but we took a lot from the experience. Thomas Huxley, the famous 18th century biologist explained it perfectly when he said, "Try to learn something about everything and everything about something". Joe, is a prime example of someone who has mastered a craft and loves to share it with the world. Three thumbs up (my thumb and two from the puppet)!


Joe Gandelman does MORE than just shows when he does a fair:

"Everyone appreciated the fact that you went out among the audience and on the fairgrounds with your puppets and visited with youth and adults alike. The people really appreciated this in addition to your stage show. We liked that you ate in our facilities, and visited with our people who support the fair in the Merchants building. Your performances were exceptionally clean and especially suited to the audience you played to at our fair. We highly recommend your stage show -- and your kindly attitude towards everyone both onstage and between shows." -- Jefferson County Fair, Fairbury, Nebraska

Feedback on Joe's August 2012 eleven day appearance at the Colorado State Fair:

"While Miss Rodeo Colorado Cassidy Cabot signed autographs in the Agriculture Pavilion, comic ventriloquist Joe Gandelman & Friends (an elephant, dragon, alien and bear among them) delighted Fairgoers seated in the shade near the Pepsi Stage. (The show runs twice daily throughout the expo and includes a quick lesson in his art for kids brave enough to join him onstage and don silly wigs). -- 8/28/2012 The Pueblo Chieftan


A quote from a letter about a recent show for a group in Balboa Park, San Diego:"I want to thank you for the wonderful show you put on at The House of Pacific Relations. It was a great hit for all ages. We represent thirty-two countries. I had a friend from England with me and he said he has seen many ventriloquists, but you are the best. Thank you again. It was great!"

Feedback from a teacher at Oka Elementary School, in Huntington Beach, CA after Joe did five assemblies there with a pro-reading theme:
I am a fifth grade teacher at Oka Elementary, and we were lucky enough to have you visit our school today for an assembly. You also visited us last year. I just want to let you know that my whole class and myself agree that you are our favorite performer/assembly/visitor of the whole year. You are so talented, and so hilarious, we were all looking forward to your visit again this year! Your skit makes us all laugh so hard, especially me! I laughed so hard I cried, for two years in a row now! I came right home and showed my husband your website and that great SpyTV video, so funny! Overall, I just want to thank you for bringing so much joy into my students' lives, and mine as well! It's just what we all needed today, some comic relief:) Keep up the good work, and hope to see you again next year! As we walked out of the assembly today, I had at least 5 students come up to me and say they wish they could stay and listen to you all day(me too)! Thanks again.
--Heather Hopkins


Gandelman is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment and is included in the nationally distributed The Great Ventriloquists trading cards.

Here's what the Curry County Fair in Clovis, New Mexico had to say about Joe Gandelman's summer 2009 fair show:

"I would like to say that we were very happy with Joe Gandelman and his performances during our county fair. Joe had a good crowd each performance and kept everyone laughing. We will definitely be asking Joe to return in the future. I would recommend his services to anyone."

Joe was a star at the Nez Perce County Fair:

"The Nez Perce County Fair Board and management would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for doing such a great job performing your Ventriloquist Shows at our 2009 Nez Perce Conty Fair. The Fair patrons who had the opportunity and pleasure to see your performancs were greatly entertained. You were very professional and a joy to work with. We had many good comments and request for your return to our fair. Once again, thank you Joe!"
--Nez County Fair, Lewiston, Idaho

Joe walks around a museum:

Joe Gandelman also does "walk around" ventriloquism, rotating a BIG cast of dummy and wooden puppet characters as he entertains crowds in small groups. He has done walk around at fairs, festivals, private parties and corporations all over the country. Here's what his audience had to say: A Letter from the Japanese American National Museum, An email from the Lakeside Library.

Joe Gandelman opened for the rock group The Eels at The Music Box in Los Angeles in October.

From Sept. 2011 through June 2012 Joe Gandelman did a specially contracted coast-to-coast show performance tour in which he drove 49,000 miles and did his show at 260 schools of all levels. Here are some of the comments from schools Joe visited:

Here are some of the comments from schools Joe visited on his 2011-2012 school year national school assembly tour:

"This was by far the best show we have had at our school. Joe was excellent! We want him to come back!"
--John R. Lawrence Elementary School, Archdale, NC

"One teacher said ‘this is the best assembly ever!’"
--Piper Elementary 4-5 School, Kansas City, KS

"Students enjoyed the whole performance."
--Izard Co Cons High School, Brockwell, AR

"Very impressive! Our students really enjoyed the show!"
--Rankin Jr. Sr. High School, Rankin, TX

"Our students thoroughly enjoyed the show. We have all grades and intellects and they all thought it was funny. They were engaged the entire show. We would have him return."
--Brook Valley North School, Omaha, NE

"Artist totally engaged everyone in the audience, young and old. Excellent."
--Centre Elementary School, Clearfield, PA.

"Fantastic! Good message. Enjoyed by students and faculty alike!"
--Mt. Hall Elementary School, Bonners Ferry, ID

"Joe’s message on bullying and his interaction with the students and his puppets were excellent. I would definitely want him back in our school. He was wonderful!"
--St. Francis Elementary School, St. Francis, KS

"Joe did an outstanding job. The kids loved the presentation as did the school staff. It was a worthwhile presentation and one to keep for the future."
--Washington Elementary School, Lamar, CO

"The students were excited about the idea of the puppets and were eager to use puppets when we returned to the classroom. The message was great! Thank you for a great experience!"
--Merrit Elementary School, Mountain Iron, MN

"Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful performance today. The students were so engaged and LOVED your jokes. [The] Head of the Lower School, was delighted with your program, too. The teachers loved watching their students become involved. Several of the students were out on the playground using their hands as puppets and practicing their ventriloquist words. Thanks again."
--The Alexander Dawson School
Las Vegas, NV 89135

"Joe’s progam was wonderful! Students enjoyed his puppet characters as well as his anti-bullying message. We would love to have him return again next year!!"
--Ridgefield Elementary School, 2337 Highland, Road, Erie PA

"Great assortment of puppets. Our younger grade kids ere enthralled. Audience participation for some kids to work with the puppets was a great addition. Very enjoyable time!"
--P.S. 276, Brooklyn, NY 11236

"Our middle school students loved this assembly. The message about bullying is a very good one! He did the message with laugher and positivity. Thank you!"
--Wind Gap Middle School, Pen Argyl, PA

"Did the topic of our choice!"
--Meadows Elementary School, Huntington, WV

"Joe Gandelman engaged the children and entertained them while reinforcing our school theme of 'respect, responsibility, honesty and safety!'"
--Hampton Elementary School, Hampton, CT

"Excellent show. Very appropriate content. Great interaction with students. Funny."
--Laurel Elementary School, Marshall, NC

"Joe did a great job of engaging the students. He adjusted his show for primary (k-2) and intermediate (3.5)."
--Midway Elementary School, Alpharetta, GA

"The students were delighted with the puppets and the comedy!"
--Princeton Montessori School, Princeton, NJ

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Joe has opened for national music groups, entertained on Navy Ships, performed at Camp Pendleton before a speech by former President Ronald Reagan and was seen on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Joe and his dummy, John Raven, have appeared on NBC's SPY TV (see the video below). Joe also taught comedian Margaret Cho how to do ventriloquism in a segment on her VH1 reality show "The Cho Show."
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NOW BOOKING SUMMER SHOWS: Book your camp, resort, summer school, adult party, picnic, kids party, library or fair and festival shows now. Summer dates are filling up and AVAILABILITY MAY BE LIMITED so call or email today. Joe Gandelman & Friends are slated to appear at the El Paso County Fair in Calhan, Colorado July 19 - 26.

Joe Gandelman also performs library shows for all ages year round (see the Library Shows page under Joe's Shows).

Here's what a client posted online about Joe Gandelman:

"I had a Ventrilloquist perform at the house Jan 3rd (Joe Gandelman) and his lip control is excellent (I peeked) but after the show I asked my Wife if she noticed how good his control was and she said "Didn't notice...I wasn't looking at him!"


Joe helps a community when he does a Texas fair: The Fayette County Fair in La Grange, Texas asked Joe if he'd be willing to also help them out and do shows at local schools and seniors' nursing homes when he performed at their fair at no additional cost. He agreed. Here's the letter they sent him:

A Letter from the Fayette County Fair.

JOE GANDELMAN ALSO ENJOYS DOING PRIVATE BIRTHDAY PARTIES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. A client on a website recently gave Joe five stars in all categories and wrote: "The show was very entertaining and interactive. The other kids that I invited liked the show so much that they asked their moms to have this show on their bdays."

Since going fulltime Joe Gandelman has taught thousands of people of all ages how to do ventriloquism -- including Margarget Cho  on her VHI reality show 'The Cho Show' and corporate employees.
Since going fulltime Joe Gandelman has taught thousands of people of all ages how to do ventriloquism -- including Margarget Cho on her VHI reality show 'The Cho Show' and corporate employees.


Joe does a short but highly popular 'living dummy' bit in all shows for all ages where a volunteer becomes a living puppet with the mouth talking for him.
Joe does a short but highly popular "living dummy" bit in all shows for all ages where a volunteer becomes a living puppet with the mouth talking for him.


Joe at the Lucas County Fair in Chariton, Iowa
For more than 20 years, Joe Gandelman & Friends have performed at state and county fairs across the country. This sign is from his July 2013 appearance at the Lucas County Fair in Chariton, Iowa.


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Joe's head-in-the-box bit is one of his most popular short segments.
Joe's head-in-the-box bit is one      
of his most popular short segments.      


Joe uses the "Mic Mouth" illusion on a volunteer who gets a new voice -- and personality.
Joe uses the "Mic Mouth" illusion on a volunteer      
who gets a new voice -- and personality.