John Byrd, Ventriloquist

2014 Senior Idol of Greater Richmond

"Your show was fantastic. The talking book is absolutely one of the greatest things you do to emphasize reading."

Sharon Condrey, Reading Specialist, Reams Road Elementary School


"Your program was fantastic is every way. It was very age appropriate for all grades, K through 5. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the message you conveyed about self-esteem and the value of books."

Bonnie Heller, Reading Speialist, Crenshaw Elementary School.


"OH MY GOSH! Your children's message was so wonderful. It was perfect. The kids definitely had a message, but you also appealed to the adults as well."

Rev. Christy Haga Turner, Bon Air United Methodist Church.


"John Byrd did an excellent job as our worship leader as he used different animal puppets to communicate the gospel message and how we're all children of God on  our Fifth Sunday Family Worship. If you need someone who's really good with kids and really good with kids of all ages, you need to give John a call."

Dr. Randy Clipp, Monument Heights Baptist Church




CBS did a report on the Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTion. Click on the following link to view the report Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTion

What is Senior Idol?


Chesterfield Senior Idol is a friendly competition to showcase the talents of local seniors and to assist the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield County in fulfilling its important mission of assisting seniors in need. The top three winners win cash prizes and become ambassadors of​ the Shepherd's Center. Please click on the button below to access the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield.

The Tea Party DVD was taped at the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield Tea Party on October 18, 2014. Proceeds from the DVD Benefit the Shepherd's Center. To order click on the button below.

John recently appeared on WTVR, Channel 6 to help promote the Senior Idol Competition. The link below contains two videos: the first is an interview with John and Susan McCammon, Executive Director of the Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield; the second is John's performance.