Thursday, April 5, 2012

Michael deMeng - back in the house 9/29 & 9/30 2012

Michael will be back again to honor us with more creativity, wit and a bit of his deMented personality. Here's a little blurb from Michael about this years class.

in case you were wondering, the fear of ventriloquist's dummies is called, automatonophobic (which by the way includes the fear of wax dummies and automatons like Zoltar the fortune teller). I can understand how ventriloquist dolls could illicit terror and trepidation; typically they are a bit creepy looking.

Remember Anthony Hopkins in the film, Magic, whose dummy seemed to have a villainous will of its own? Well in this class, I'm not sure you'll walk away with a self-aware dummy, but you will learn how to make deMented dolls that are capable of flapping their jaws.

You start with a mannequin head, doll head, bust, taxidermy item, etc and then using various found objects, you will adorn and transform them into something rich and strange. Most importantly, your bizarre creation will be rigged so that it has the power to speak.... hopefully not on its own.

Want a bit of phobic inducing inspiration? here are a few films in which dummies come to life:
"Magic", "Dead of Night", "Devil Doll", "Dead Silence" and Twilight Zone episodes: "Caesar and Me" and "The Dummy".

here are the details:

class is Sept. 29 & 30th
fee: $200
location: 1606 oxford lane, Wall, NJ

limited seating:
first come, first serve.
no seats will be held. seats are reserved upon receipt of payment

email inquiries to:


here's a little video that Michael sent along to enjoy:


  1. I'm afraid of those things! Doesn't it seem like there's a lot of "Twilight Zone"s and "Alfred Hitchcock" episodes that revolve around ventriloquist's dummies? And I HATE Zoltar!!!

    I'm glad there's a name for it!

  2. OMG! I have got to figure out a way to make this happen. I'm a woman on a mission!

  3. I can't wait! I am so excited!!!



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