Thursday, August 7, 2008

Jay Johnson: The Two and Only

I went to see Jay Johnson perform this wonderful show last month in London. It was such a great experience - a combination of personal memoir, history of ventriloquism, and performance. I went in expecting to laugh (which I did of course), but what I wasn't expecting was to be moved. I was incredibly moved by Mr. Johnson's story and by the end of the show I could do nothing but immediately stand up and applaud. I have seen many puppet shows and been amazed by them all in different ways, but this was the first time I had been emotionally involved so much by a performance. Mr. Johnson is not only a master ventriloquist, but a master storyteller and performer.

Unfortunately, the run of this show was cut short in London, but if given the chance to see this funny and moving show -- grab it! You won't be disappointed!

Rustin Allison

"This World" Music Video

A music video that I made a couple of months back. It is a mixture of stop-motion animation and time-lapse photography. The song is written and performed by Marianne Allison.

Rustin Allison