During this time Ventriloquists tended to operate in the open rather than in concert halls or theatres. Ventriloquism was generally exhibited at fairs, or such places, for money. For five years Alexandre Vattemare toured through much of Northern Europe. He began what was to be a run of nearly 200 performances at the newly renamed Adelphi Theatre in the Strand in London. For this purpose, Vattemare had engaged the services of W. T. Moncrieff, the pseudonym of William Thomas, a writer of popular melodramas and burlettas. The result was an entertainment entitled The Adventures of a Ventriloquist: or, The Rogueries of Nicholas. The title-page offered ‘An entirely new Comic, Characteristic, Vocalic, Mimitic, Multiformical, Maniloquous, Ubiquitarical Entertainment’, and advertisements promised the whole performance would be ‘embodied, illustrated and delivered by Monsieur Alexandre, assisted by Vox, et Praeterea Nihil’.
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