|Age (at audition)||20|
|Position Reached||Vegas Round|
At the age of ten, Megan Piphus was introduced to ventriloquism. Fascinated by ventriloquists’ manipulation of character voices, Megan acquired instructional videos on ventriloquism from the library, bought a toy ventriloquist doll, and began learning. No more than two weeks after watching the videos, Megan performed at her school devotional services with her puppet Charlie and later at her church Zion Global Ministries. After a year of mastering her skill, she began competing at the International Festival of Christian Puppetry and Ventriloquism (I-FEST) winning three gold medals in musical ventriloquism competitions.
Since then, Megan has served her community by performing, singing, and playing at various community functions and around the country. In 2008 was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show: The World’s Smartest and Most Talented Kids. Megan graduated valedictorian of her class at Princeton High School in 2010. Her graduation speech featuring her and her puppet, George, became a hit on YouTube soon after its release. Megan became known throughout her community as the “Valedictorian Ventriloquist.”
As a student at Vanderbilt University, Megan worked as a reporter for Vanderbilt Television and had the opportunity to work as a field reporter for ESPNU. Megan was recently crowned Miss Black Tennessee USA 2013 in December of 2012. Shortly after her crowning, she appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a ventriloquist on a segment called “Does This Thrill Bill” with William Shatner. 1
Megan Piphus's audition in Episode 802 consisted of singing through ventriloquism with two puppets Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You" and an opera piece. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Megan to the Vegas Round.
Megan Piphus was sorted into the "Kid Musicians" category in the Vegas Round. Her performance in Episode 809 consisted of singing with another puppet through ventriloquistm Jackson 5's "ABC." Megan's audition was not strong enough for the judges to send her to the Quarterfinals, eliminating her from the competition along with Kennedy Davenport in the same episode.
- Megan Piphus was the first ventriloquist of Season 8 whose audition was televised.