Slow Economy - Ventriloquist
Sometimes there's not much work around. In times like
these, this is often especially true for ventriloquists. One day, two out-of-work ventriloquists are talking on the phone to each other and lamenting their condition. The older one says, "Just between you and me, I've been moonlighting lately as a medium."
The young ventriloquist is quite impressed. "Really?"
he says. "I didn't know that you were psychic!"
"Well, to tell you the truth, I'm not," confesses the older man. "But what I did was rent a storefront and bought a small round table, a crystal ball, and a turban. Then, when people come in, I throw my voice and they think that they're talking to their dead relatives."
"What a great idea!" says the young ventriloquist.
"You should try it too," suggests the first man. "You'll
see, it works great."
The next day, the young man goes out, rents a little storefront, and buys a table, a crystal ball, and a turban. He opens up for business, and an hour later a middle- aged woman walks in. She sits down at the table across from the ventriloquist and asks him, "Can you put me in touch with my long-lost husband?"
"I sure can!" he answers. "Why, for just a hundred
dollars, you can hear your husband speak to you from
behind that curtain over there. Now I must warn you
that his voice might sound a little different, but that's because he's talking to you from the spirit world."
"That's wonderful," says the woman eagerly.
"For a hundred and fifty dollars," the ventriloquist says,
"you could have a two-way conversation with your
husband, and talk back and forth with him."
The woman's voice rises in anticipation as she asks,
"You mean, I could communicate directly with my dear
"Not only that," says the ventriloquist, getting just as excited as the woman, "for two hundred dollars, you can actually carry on a two-way conversation with your husband while I'm drinking a glass of water!"
[ Author Unknown -- from Patricia, via 'Buffalos Chips' (buffalos-g-jokes.yahoogroups.com) ]
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