Daisy May

19 January 2022

Albert Saveen (1914-1994) was a British ventriloquist who had 14 dummies including Daisy May, a schoolgirl puppet, and was the first ventriloquist to have a national radio series, in 1950.  Daisy May had her own number listed in the London Telephone Directory and her own bank account. Children would ring her before going to school. Saveen’s tiny voice for Daisy May was developed when he suffered lung damage when injured by an exploding bomb in the Second World War. His recuperation involved breathing with just one lung at a time. At the end of his act, his puppets were packed away and would then be heard making rude remarks about him, a technique still used by ventriloquists today.

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