Ventriloquism

“speaking from the belly.” From the erroneous notion that the voice of the ventriloquist proceeded from his stomach. The best that ever lived was Brabant, the “engastrimist” of François I. (Latin, venter-loquor.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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