Rick & Sidney Biography
Rick and Sidney through the years
Rick Thompson has been doing ventriloquism since the age of seven. He started with a puppet given to him by a retired school teacher. He read anything about ventriloquism he could get his hands on and taught himself the art. He was soon entertaining at school, church and anywhere he got a chance, winning virtually every talent contest he entered. (Except for one where he went overtime because of the uproarious laughter and applause that made him go over the time limit.)
After working with his first puppet several years, his grandparents gave him a Knucklehead puppet. A few years later he bought a Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist doll with moving head and mouth. At the age of 16 he designed and commissioned Finis and Annamae Robinson to create a professional ventriloqual figure for him which he named Sidney R. Redwood.
When Sidney came to live with Rick he was an immediate hit! His bright eyes and clever wit made him the perfect sidekick. Together they have performed for hundreds of thousands of people halfway around the world, from the U.S. Virgin islands to Fiji and from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border. They've been seen on TV, at fairs, festivals, churches, schools, summer camps, RV parks, conventions, trade shows, social service organizations, and many other events.
Rick and Sidney have a unique presentation that is both fun and memorable. Sidney sings and provides the humor while Rick tries to get a word in. One of Rick and Sidney's most popular programs is the one where Rick is thwarted in his attempts to prove that Sidney is a dummy. Sidney is able, without Rick's lips moving, to say everything that a dummy isn't supposed to be able to say. An outstanding feature is Sidney's ability to say every letter of the alphabet and his clear diction even when speaking very fast. Sidney's singing is also very popular.
A lifetime interest of Rick’s has been the scientific evidence for special creation. After hearing a lecture by Dr. Donald Chittick he decided that he wanted to be able to use his ventriloquism to communicate the facts supporting creation. Rick and Sidney's program on creation examines the difference between evolution and creation and shows the scientific support for creation in an entertaining and memorable way.