with voices had always fascinated Jerry Layne, but it wasn't until the
youngster saw Paul Winchell on television that he knew what he wanted
to do with his voices.
later he received his first professional figure(dummy)., and shortly
after that he then won Winchell's "Best Kid Ventriloquist"
contest, which led to a teacher-protege relationship, and a friendship
that continued until Winchell's death in June 2005.
college Jerry performed on the weekends and had his own radio show on
campus radio utilizing his many voices to create an entire cast of characters.
While vacationing on school break in Florida, Jerry began working the
hotels and clubs in Miami Beach.
to college in New York, he was a winner on the "Ted Mack Amateur
Hour". After graduation, Jerry spent six month active duty in the
Military, where he and his partner, "Lester", did Public Relations
work for the Armed Forces.
from the service, Jerry began working for Goodson-Todman TV productions,
an association that lasted 14 years. During that time, Jerry worked
many nightclubs in the New York area on weekends.
Jerry moved to Montreal, Canada for Goodson-Todman's "Beat the
Clock". While there Jerry created and hosted a children's television
game show, "Puppet People".
returned to the United States, in 1974, Jerry began his full-time career
as a ventriloquist. He has appeared as an opening act for many star
performers in revues it Atlantic City and Reno, in theme parks, special
events, TV shows, motion pictures, cruse ships, corporate events, and
hosted 84 episodes of a children's show, "Magic Star traveler".
with just performing ventriloquism, Jerry makes many of his own figures(dummies),
and has become the leading supplier of ventriloquial figures to magic
shops, and the motion picture & television industries. (See
Jerry Layne ventriloquial figures)