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Big Bird practices magic
(repeat of 2144)
Air date November 25, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
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 ...
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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!
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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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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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