Video: Conor, 11, from Snettisham, wins Junior Ventriloquist of Great Britain

Conor Blake (11) with his puppet Reggie, is the Junior Ventriloquist of the Year. Picture: Ian Burt Conor Blake (11) with his puppet Reggie, is the Junior Ventriloquist of the Year. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, June 6, 2014
9:21 AM

Despite only learning his skill for just 6 months, 11-year old Conor Blake has already won the Junior Ventriloquist of Great Britain competition.

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Conor Blake (11) is the Junior Ventriloquist of the Year. Picture: Ian BurtConor Blake (11) is the Junior Ventriloquist of the Year. Picture: Ian Burt

Conor, from Goose Green Road, Snettisham, was presented with a glittering award which was designed and made by Peter Pullen, who created famous puppets such as Emu and Orville the Duck.

He went with his mum Christine, who said she would take him to the ventriloquist convention at Davenports Magic Kingdom, North Walsham, as a treat if he promised to work hard with his Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) at school.

Mrs Blake, also mum to Kacey, 8, said: “I was gobsmacked when Conor won, especially as there were three other boys who were superb. He has already been booked for two parties that are coming up.

“He’s looking to get more experience then he would like to become a professional. I am very proud of my children.”

Mrs Blake first noticed that her son had developed an interest in classic children’s cartoons from the age of two and enjoyed watching the making of Toy Story and other animated programmes.

“I always knew he would so something to do with entertaining - his dream was to work for Pixar Animation Studios,” said Mrs Blake.

Conor ventriloquism journey started when he got interested in puppets after watching the Muppets back in 2011.

But more recently, he was inspired after watching Steve Hewlett, a professional ventriloquist who made the finals on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

So Conor brought puppet Reggie in February this year and spent hours practicing in front of the mirror in his bedroom.

So after some practice, he gave his first performance at his local Snettisham has got Talent competition at school - and won.

So with his new-found confidence, Conor found himself performing at the first ever ventriloquist competition for under 16s - and won again.

Conor said about his win: “I didn’t expect it at all, especially as there was another boy who was really good. I actually lost my script just before going on stage. But it all came back to me when I went on.

He added: “The feedback I had was that I have good comedy timing and that it is one thing to be a ventriloquist, but you also have to be good at stand-up comedy.”

Conor, who also loves football and cricket, is planning to become a professional when he grows up.

Have you got a special talent? Email natalie.copeland@archant.co.uk.

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