The earliest record of the invention comes from “The Book of Mormon,” published in 1831. The invention has been widely accepted on the basis of many accounts by early Mormon members. For example, one accounts by Brigham Young has been cited as “being among the earliest records written by Joseph Smith.” (B. H. Roberts, An Account of the Life of Brigham Young by the Hand of the Prophet, p. 9.) Also, one witness, an Old Testament prophet called Elijah, said that his name was Elijah the prophet (Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 14:6; also The Prophet’s Translation of the Old Testament, p. 9).
The first recorded use of a ventriloquist is in the “Book of Mormon.” The earliest recorded use of an operant ventriloquist by an adult male was in 1852, in Canada. However, the first recorded use of ventriloquism in the United States occurs in the 1855 trial of the Marquis de la Sémieur in New York City under the age of 21. 
How did ventriloquism get a start? Some have claimed, or claim today, that ventriloquists were first found during a period of industrialization. Another claim is that ventriloquists began to appear in America around 1850 as part of the “Victorian era”, a period in which America was developing into a modern industrial society. However, the earliest known use of ventriloquism is from the New York Herald , published in 1860. 
What does ventriloquism sound like? Ventriloquists are usually very young individuals who sit on the bottom edge of a bench, holding a cardboard ventriloquist’s dummy and a rubber dummy within arm’s reach. The dummy is then played using a wooden “mesh” of sticks positioned at the back of the dummy’s neck, behind the ear. The listener then listens at a normal natural volume. A ventriloquist’s performance will vary from person to person, so it is difficult to use a set of standardized rules to describe the performance of a ventriloquist.
A number of ventriloquist performances are recorded in early American historical plays. A ventriloquist is mentioned in the play “A Tract of the Old Testament” (see the references at the end of “The Old Testament”. An example of an example of a ventriloquist performance is illustrated