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Harry Lester

1880 1956


The Great Lester, as he was billed, was a master ventriloquist. His specialty was technical brilliance, often performing right in front of audience members who were unable to detect any movement of lips that could give him away. He drank water and stuffed handkerchiefs into his mouth, yet he still whistled, sang and spoke. He was equally famous for imitating a variety of sounds, both human and mechanical.