To tie up related arts, I set off to look for something featuring ventriloquism. Ventriloquism is definitely a related art and deserves to be spotlighted whenever possible… but, well, then there is the Muppets. I think puppetry is a related art and Jim Henson’s Muppets have done so very much to propel that art forward. Besides creating really well defined and beloved characters that have entertained all ages in film and television, Henson’s group has significantly advanced puppetry in special effects and done so much for the field of education through entertainment. Besides, my absolute love and admiration for Jim Henson and the Muppets are well documented!
The Muppets return to television this fall for their second broadcast network show (the original Muppet Show was actually syndicated but Muppets Tonight was a network show). This is the extended sneak peak of the new “reality” program featuring everyone’s favorite frogs, pigs, bears and whatever else.
Kostya Kimlat was the only magician to pull one over on the boys on this week’s edition of Fool Us. Now, you may have heard that magicians love to be fooled but Kostya learned that this is not always true. He may be the only Fool Us winner that will need a restraining order when opening for Penn and Teller!
Last night Piff the Magic Dragon appeared on the first round of the America’s Got Talent live shows. We will find out if he survived on tonight’s results show which will also feature an appearance by last year’s winner Mat Franco.
Voting is open until noon Eastern Time so you can still help Piff advance by visiting the AGT website.
This video recently posted on Vimeo by Cristina Strecopitov shows her appearance on Romania’s version of the Got Talent franchise. She appears to get the go ahead in this video but we were unable to track down the results of the latest season of the show. We are not sure what the two hosts are saying (Is AGT the only version without a wacky comic duo hosting?) but there is some obviously questionable camerawork during Ms. Strecopitov’s performance.
Cristina is a part of the Teatrul de Magie show. You can visit their official website here (it is in Romanian, but there are more performance videos form the show).
We will bring Video Friday to a close by leaving vaudeville comics behind and returning to magic. This is a 1983 appearance by Ricky Jay on The Merv Griffin Show. It is actually a video to promote the fact that The Merv Griffin Show is now available for licensing, so there are some on screen graphics announcing this in the beginning but it switches to see-through web address by the time the magic starts.
West Michigan Fox 17 took a road trip to Colon. In this short package they go through the history of the little town and explain why it is the called the Magic Capital of the World. They also visit FAB Magic. You can read more about the town on the channel’s website.
A couple of weeks ago Penn and Teller were supposed to visit The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but the show was cancelled when Jimmy tripped and almost lost a finger. The duo were in to see the recovering host last night and they brought along a furry friend to perform the world’s most famous, and perhaps least seen, magic trick.
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