Funny isn't it? Your pen name is modelled, I believe, after a song sung by Burton Cummings from your home city.
I love the song because it reminds me of my own first visit to the bewildering Charles De Gaulle(one of the few WW2 French patriots of the officer class) Airport in France in the mid 1970's.
Ventriloquism involves Zen of the speaking parts and also a bit of money once you get into it. I hope you might get a chance this August to visit The Vent Haven convention in Fort Mitchell Kentucky. On this forum I only know of Sluggo who is a vent-writer.. He has a nice little gig going and can teach you some of the things you should know. One of the big challenges is that we Axtell vents have at least one hand always tied up inside the vent figure's head. The other hand also is busy with perhaps an optional rod; an IPOD or even a CD player controls. So how do we marry gimmick magic to vent? One way is to use the change bag sold by many firms. Then the next challenge is to select gimmicks which can be made to appear and disappear with the non-vent figure hand. Perhaps some of the magicians here would recommend some effects. Great meeting you. Ron0