Geraldine and Ricky

Geraldine Ragan (nee Murray) developed her Christian ventriloquism act in the 1960s while she was still a teenager. She had Ricky specially made for her. Some details from the Opelousas Daily World (Feb 16, 1969):

Geraldine realized she needed to have a professional doll designed to her own specifications. After much search, a company in Waterloo, Iowa made a doll to meet specifications which Geraldine sent them.

This new partner was named Ricky. (She had a very special friend whose name was Ricky.) The new partner, Ricky, was built with brown hair, large brown eyes and an even broader smile. He could move in all of the ways a human can as well as in a few ways that are characteristic of him alone.

His favorite subject is girls — as Geraldine puts it, "with a capital G". He loves them and is always willing to flirt with them or sing them a song.

The only thing Ricky can't do is keep a secret. He has received a great deal of notorious fans for his inability to keep the slightest confidence. All of these fine attributes combine to make Ricky a real live young man rather than a simple doll.

There are reports that Geraldine was still performing, as of 2014. I don't know if she's now finally retired.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 03, 2020
     Category: Puppets and Automatons

I'd like to see Ricky and Charlie McCarthy in a boxing match.
Posted by KDP on 04/03/20 at 10:30 AM
I knew I'd seen something like this before:
Posted by ges on 04/03/20 at 11:45 AM
Maybe I've been exposed to too many advertisements for midget porn and bouffant porn, but that album cover looks grotesquely unwholesome to me. I keep expecting a "two great flavors together at last" banner to pop up.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/03/20 at 12:57 PM
Says here that she was supposed to appear at at the Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, GA (north of Atlanta) just a few weeks ago. I can't tell if the conference went forward or was delayed by the pandemic.
Posted by FRANK on 04/03/20 at 02:35 PM
Here's the only video I could find. From about 15 months ago. Fast forward to the 1:01:00 mark.
Posted by FRANK on 04/03/20 at 02:53 PM
Phideaux: IYAM, all ventriloquism is unwholesome.It's only a single step up from furries.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/05/20 at 10:45 AM
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