Yesterday a friend and I stopped at "Junket" on Minnehaha Blvd in Minneapolis, which is a a shop that probably has more junk than I have ever seen in one store. While poking around in the basement I saw this "person" who looked a great deal like Charlie McCarthy. Remember Charlie?
At the request of Edgar Bergen--who was a ventriloquist--a carpenter carved a dummy based on a kid Bergen knew. Charlie and Bergen had a very successful career in show business beginning on the stage, moving to radio, movies, and, eventually, television.
In some ways, Charlie was almost real. When Bergen's real life daughter appeared on his show, she was introduced as Charlie's little sister. Because he was heard on the radio, many people did not know that Charlie was a ventriloquist dummy and not a real person. His personality was so vibrant, it is like he was a completely separate person.
You can find recordings of Charlie and his human, Bergen, on Old Time Radio.