punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Some happier videos

I have been kind of bummed today, partly because of Steve Irwin's death. I tried to find happier videos to cheer me up, and I'd like to share some of what I have found with you, the viewer, in blogland. I was looking for magic, but fell upon some Muppet stuff.

I started with Penn and Teller, who did this trick on "Muppets Tonight," but they also do this in Vegas: Trap Door (with a kick-ass intro by the Smashing Pumpkins). The Vegas act goes a bit further, but I won't ruin the surprise for that. This led to a question, "When someone says some act is done with smoke and mirrors, what does that mean?" Well, the mirrors part is answered in this clever bit, How Does a Puppet Sit on a Stool? I know the Sigfried and Roy depend a lot on mirrors to hide where they stuff those large animals. But now I was deep in Muppet Country, and I found some other tricks like, "How does Kermit pay his writers?" and "Did the Muppets ever do a Goth act?"

But lastly, I leave you with Jim Henson uncut in his 1970s Tonight Show appearance. People forget he was a really good performance artist.
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