Part of his act involved throwing his voice while his mouth was otherwise engaged (i.e. smoking or drinking.) Another favorite prop was a telephone, with the ventriloquist playing both sides of a telephone conversation. For the “caller” he simulated a “filtered” voice, as it would sound over a telephone wire. This voice always began a conversation with a shouted “Moreno?” – using Señor Wences’ true surname. He would respond “No, Moreno is not here.” He usually built to a big finish that combined ventriloquism with juggling and plate-spinning. As he performed his routines, Pedro and Johnny heckled him.
Although he was an international favorite for decades, his main career was made in the United States, where he appeared regularly on TV variety shows, including frequent appearances on CBS’s The Ed Sullivan Show, where he was a guest 48 times, on Broadway, in Las Vegas casino theaters and in feature films.Much later in his career he was introduced to a new generation of fans on The Muppet Show. His last TV appearance was on The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show #2, a retrospective in which the nonagenarian talked about “Suliban” and performed a brief spot of ventriloquism.
One of Wences’s trademark bits of shtick was that at the conclusion of the dialogue, he would open the lid of the box and ask “S’aright?” (“It’s all right?”) and the box voice would answer “S’ariiight!”