The Dumbstruck Archive

A Collection of Texts and Images Relating to the History of Ventriloquism
A continuing, online supplement to Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
By Steven Connor

Talking Machines and Illusions
'How Fryer Bacon made a Brasen head to speake' - The Famous Historie of Fryer Bacon (London: G. Purslowe for F. Grove, 1627) (from James Eason's Thomas Browne site)
'Whether material statues may speak by any artifical way', Giambattista della Porta, Natural Magick (London: for Thomas Young and Samuel Speed, 1658), Bk 19 ch 1
John Wilkins's Talking Statue (1654) 
John Buddle's Speaking Head (1778) 
A Speaking Figure (1789) 
The Invisible Girl - Handbill (1804?) 
Anthropoglossos (1864) 
Professor Faber's Euphonia
Thomas Hood, 'To The Invisible Girl' (1867) 
Florence McLandburgh, The Automaton Ear (1876) 
Machine Parlante (Magasin Pittoresque, 1882)