the art or practice of speaking so that the voice seems to come from some source other than the speaker
Origin of ventriloquismfrom Classical Latin ventriloquus, literally , one who speaks from the belly from venter, belly (see ventral) + loqui, to speak + -ism
The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.
Origin of ventriloquismFrom Latin ventriloquus speaking from the belly venter ventr- belly loquī to speak ; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural ventriloquisms)
ventriloquy + -ism.