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Facetune 002 webMark Merchant is a native of Atlanta Georgia and has been performing ventriloquism since he was born. When he was born, and the doctor slapped his bottom, cries were heard from a baby in the next ward.

He has performed all over the civilized world, and parts of Florida. This is his first season in the RGV, and he is having a blast bringing laughter and love to so many wonderful communities.

He has been performing since he was 10 years old. Comedy ventriloquism has taken him around the world, paid for his college education, and introduced him to the lovely lady to whom he is married. Just about to celebrate 35 years of happiness.

“Wonderful marriage. What’s the secret? Let the dummy do the talking,” said Mark.

IMG 0223001 webHis act has been featured on America’s Got Talent, the David Letterman show, and the NBC today show. The comedy material is as fresh as today’s headlines... It’s always clean, always current, and always funny. He does his research and knows his audience.

Along with communities, casinos, luxury cruise lines, like Silversea, and Crystal, Mark also is in demand at corporate events, bringing his humor to meetings.

He loves traveling, and even driving from Harlingen to Mission on interstate two. “It's a fact that stretch of highway started construction when there were covered wagons, and it will be completed when there are flying cars.”

Most interesting and unique fact about Mark Merchant, is he and his wife Cindy were married in March 1988, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Mark was performing at a convention and invited Cindy on stage. The wedding was performed in six minutes and 12 seconds as part of his show. He had a real dummy as his best man, but he has a real doll as his wife!

Look for Mark in your communities or you might just see him driving his SAAB sport Combi with the license plate WINGTIP.

You can find out more about Mark Merchant on his website at www.markmerchant.com. You can also find his schedule and stay up to date on where he is at by following him on Facebook.

Mark Merchant is entertaining at the Valley Star Awards show on February 21 at Mission Bell Resort in Mission. Tickets for this year’s Valley Star Awards Show are $15 each or $12.50 for groups of 10 or more and are now on sale online at www.wintertexantimes.com or at one of the following locations:

Winter Texan Times – 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission
Mission Bell Resort/Tradewinds – Activities Office, 1711 E. Bus. 83, Mission
Winter Ranch RV Resort, 600 State Highway 495, Alamo