Leonard Insull

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Leonard Insull (1883–1974) was Britain's leading ventriloquial figure maker of the twentieth century.[1] He created many hundreds of items for Lewis Davenport Ltd.

Born in Wolverhampton, Insull trained as a joiner before entering showbusiness as a magician, "Hinsle, the Comedy Illusionist". He worked with his son, also Leonard, to construct ventriloquist's dummies until his son's death in 1957.[2] His noted figures include Lord Charles for Ray Allen and Archie Andrews for Peter Brough.[3]


  1. ^ "insull". The Dummy Doctor. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ "A Fine Quality Mid 20th Ventriloquist's Dummy Attributed to Leonard Insull", Doe & Hope
  3. ^ Roy Hudd and Philip Hindin, Roy Hudd's cavalcade of variety acts: a who was who of light entertainment, 1945-60, p.3