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CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - From vaudeville to radio, from film to television, the art of ventriloquism has fascinated (and sometimes frightened) audiences of all ages for centuries. What is so tantalizing about talking dolls?

It's incorrect to call them "dolls," however. The correct term is "vent figure." Many people, including ventriloquists, refer to the puppets as "dummies"--but never within earshot of, well, you know, the vent figure. It's considered impolite.

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