Tyler has been a fan of ventriloquism most of his life. It all started when his mother bought him a toy dummy for his eighth Christmas. There was just something about this ancient, quirky art form that had him hooked.
When most boys were busy riding bikes and chasing girls, Tyler was in his room trying to learn how to speak without moving his lips. (he knew what the girls REALLY liked....ventriloquism!) Then, when Tyler entered Junior High, he felt the need to "step it up a notch" with his hobby. He decided to work a whole summer at his Dad's business so he could purchase his first professional figure. After all, he knew he would be a professional ventriloquist when he got older, so it would pay off!
Not only has Tyler always loved ventriloquism, but he was also fascinated by how the figures
were built. Then in 2005, Tyler was introduced to professional ventriloquist and master
figure builder, Greg Claassen. Their friendship quickly grew, and Greg became Tyler's mentor
in the art of figure building. Before Tyler knew it, he had his own workshop and Dapper Dummies
Tyler with his creation "Kirby"
Young Tyler with his first professional figure, James Mahoney. He even signed the photo, since he was going to be famous!
(this was before Tyler lost his hair, and found his hat)
Tyler's dealer's table at the 2016 Vent Haven ConVENTion