Sesame Street
Big Bird practices magic
Air date January 23, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors P, R, 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria and Luis welcome the viewer in Spanish, then Big Bird - or rather, "The Amazing Birdford," greets them. Big Bird has borrowed the Amazing Mumford's magic kit and is learning how to become a magician. He asks them if he can try out his disappearing trick on something, and they let him try it on a trash can. It doesn't disappear, not even when he tries saying the magic words in Spanish. Big Bird goes off to practice some more, and Maria and Luis notice that their tools are missing ...
Song Joe Raposo sings "Peanut Butter." (re-filmed version)
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Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper sets up a bucket of confetti above a door, so that whoever pulls the rope attached to the bucket will get the confetti dumped on them. Instead, a little girl walks by and pulls the rope, so that the confetti lands on Harvey!
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Film Slide puzzle - boy
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Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
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SCENE 2 Oscar the Grouch likes it when Susan looks filthy and greasy after working on her car, but is disappointed when he finds out she's going to take a shower and get all clean.
Cartoon Two men push two large bird eggs on top of two hills.
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Film Kids narrate footage of whales.
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Muppets / Cast Ernie & BertErnie and Bert go see a silent movie, "The Picnic" (starring Maria as Chaplin and Linda as the girl).
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Cartoon Picnic with P foods (carried away by ants)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
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SCENE 3 Susan sets three new plants on her window sill. Meanwhile, Big Bird tries to use magic to multiply three balls - but only ends up rearranging them in different ways, which he doesn't think is so amazing. He walks away in disgust, when Susan notices a lot more plants around the outside of her apartment!
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Families."
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Cartoon Three doctors cure a sick 3.
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Film A scuba diver swims away from.
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Muppets "Listen to the Bells"
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Cartoon Howard Coolsell finds out about exercise.
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Song Kevin Clash sings "Rush Hour" over sped-up footage of people leaving from work.
Animation Drawing a chicken (child V/O in English and Spanish)
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Insert The Count (in voiceover) counts three kids who arrange themselves in different configurations with three boxes.
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SCENE 4 Bob witnesses as Big Bird tries his magic on three apples and one banana - he will make the banana disappear, since it does not belong with the apples. He makes the apples disappear, but not the banana, which is instead taken away by a monkey (which Big Bird doesn't see).
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Film The kids form a triangle and a square.
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Music: Joe Raposo
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Cartoon Sign Sounds: GROW
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SCENE 5 Big Bird swears to give up magic, since none of his tricks seem to turn out right. Maria, Luis and Susan try to encourage him not to, because his accidental magic has still been amazing in some ways. Big Bird lets them try out Mumford's magic kit, but they don't get the results they want when they use it. Bob announces the sponsors.

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