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Starting an Entertainment Business

If you've got the drive and the talent, you can earn a profit by putting on a show.

This story appears in the December 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

Spencer Horsman's business partner is a dummy. That's OK, though, because Horsman could hardly call himself a ventriloquist without Dexter, his right-hand man. Horsman, 16, who has been performing with Dexter since he was 8 years old, is so adept at making Dexter seem alive that the duo has been featured on Late Night with David Letterman, the only ventriloquist act to ever appear on the show.

Like Magic

The idea for Horsman's business appeared like magic when he received a hand puppet for his 8th birthday. But magic had little to do with the hours of practice it took for him to learn the art of ventriloquism. After a little help from videos by professional "vents," along with strategically placed business cards in his father's magic shop, Horsman began getting jobs around the Baltimore, Maryland, area where he lives.

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