February 17, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
Clients and team members at Arcare Eight Mile Plains were treated to a ventriloquist show worthy of Australia’s Got Talent.
A ventriloquist is an entertainer who can make their voice appear to come from somewhere else, typically a puppet of a person or animal.
And Eric did such a realistic job that he really brought young Sparky to life!
‘I really found that very amusing. He was talking but his lips weren’t moving. It was very good!’ a client commented.
Everyone enjoyed themselves as they watched entertainer Eric and his trusty sidekick Sparky joke, laugh and chat to one another.
‘I feel like I made some good friends today; Eric and Sparky are both so funny, I laughed along to every joke,’ another client shared.
This was truly a unique way to celebrate Australia Day as Eric and Sparky even sang some classic Aussie songs with a twist.
Ventriloquists aren’t very common here at Arcare Eight Mile Plains but clients were very grateful to have been part of a special performance.
They also understand that ventriloquism is not an easy skill to learn.
Besides creating an illusion of sound through speaking, a ventriloquist also demonstrates his acting skills to convince his audience that his puppet friend is alive!
After the show, a few of the clients decided to give their own version of ventriloquism a go.
In the end, they all had a big laugh together as they watched their friends mumble with their lips tightly closed!
Eric and Spark left a strong impression on the clients as their clever and talented performance truly wowed everyone.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.