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Magic on Slimey's birthday
Air date March 31, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors G, Q, 11


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Uncle Wally tells Big Bird and the kids about one of his is many odd jobs as a train conductor for the G and G railroad, named such because it only stopped in towns beginning with G. He demonstrates how an average ride would go, mimic the motions of a train. Everyone joins in as his train cars.
Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy notices his friend Alice wanting to join a baseball game. He gives her the idea to go over there and ask them if she can play.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1900)
Muppets Hands count to 11.
(First: Episode 0183)
Film A man carves a wooden horse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2209)
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Muppets Cookie Monster comes to the bakery looking for something delicious that rhymes with BUY. He tries the I (from the MIKE'S BAKERY sign) and the baker's TIE, both of which aren't that delicious. Finally, Guy Smiley comes in and loudly announces that he would like to BUY a PIE. Cookie then knows what he can get in the bakery that rhymes with BUY and is delicious: it's GUY! A chase ensues, and Cookie requests for the baker to send him the bill.
(First: Episode 0481)
Cartoon Es un perro
(First: Episode 1969)

Insert Barkley sleeps in the Fix-It Shop. Maria and Bob wonder what he could be dreaming about. In Barkley's dream sequence, he sleeps in a field, when he hears some kids calling for him to play frisbee with them. One of the kids throws it high up into the air, and in slow motion, Barkley chases it and catches it in mid-air. He feels so happy as the kids play with him in the grass. Bob and Maria wake up Barkley, assuring him that he was only having a dream. Barkley sighs at the loss of a nice dream.
(First: Episode 1503)
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
Celebrity Edith Ann talks about the time she made a sandwich.
(First: Episode 0890)
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2233)
Film A panda tries to scratch an itch.
(First: Episode 0931)
Cartoon Two kids want to use their empty box as a pretend submarine or airplane. They agree to imagine it's a rocketship.
Artist: Cordell Barker
(First: Episode 2369)
Muppets Teacher Little Chrissy sings about how important it is to "Raise Your Hand."
(First: Episode 1959)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole and says that he fooled the viewer. He then walks into a wall.
(First: Episode 0439)


SCENE 2 Telly has been entrusted to watch the Amazing Mumford's trunk of magical props while he attends the Annual Enchanted Evening magician party in Atlantic City. Oscar appears from his can with a megaphone, ordering all the residents to bring Slimey a present for his birthday. Telly doesn't have one yet, so Oscar convinces him to use Mumford's magic tools and conjure up a gift for Slimey, preferably some beach balls. Telly dons Mumford's hat (which is too big) and cape, then waves his wand. To his surprise, he manages to make a beach ball appear, but Oscar requests two or three more for Slimey to use with friends. Telly tries the trick again, causing beach balls to fill up every shop, residence, and open space on the street (even replacing all the produce on Mr. Macintosh's cart).
Cartoon Ants carry a huge letter 'Q' uphill.
(First: Episode 0787)
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "It's Alive."
(First: Episode 2029)
Cartoon Three characters try to watch a baseball game over a fence, then cooperate by stacking their blocks.
(First: Episode 0478)


SCENE 3 David is unable to deflate any of the beach balls clogging up Hooper's Store; Gina suspects it's because they're magic. Telly feels awful about what he's caused. Gordon proposes they get Mumford and Telly has the phone number to reach him at the party. Within moments, Mumford appears in his party outfit and details two options for ridding Sesame Street of the beach balls - he can either turn them all into cows (who will migrate away by tomorrow), or the "Zero Option," which is to count all the balls, then turn the number to 0. There's far too many for any normal person to count, so Mumford commands his wand to do a magical count; they find there are 1,200 beach balls in total. With a magic rhyme, he turns the value to 0, removing all the balls from the street. Oscar takes a last opportunity to bounce on the balls in his can before they vanish (and cause him to fall). Telly apologizes to Mumford, but Oscar asks him to do the trick again so he can experience them disappearing again.
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert tells Ernie to put away his toys, and Ernie devises a system of arranging them. Unfortunately, all the categories he names apply only to his toy fire engine.
(First: Episode 0281)
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Cartoon Geometry of Circles #4 "Six Circles Connected"
(First: Episode 1437)
Film Old paper, new paper
Music: "Blue Nosed Gopher" by Graham Preskett
(First: Episode 0972)
Muppets Grover is astonished to find that he's multiplied into four Grovers.
(First: Episode 0718)
Film Parts of a clown are shown in close-up as kids guess what it is.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
SCENE 4 Gordon, David, Gina, and Uncle Wally wait for Oscar to turn up so Slimey's birthday party can commence. They complain that they were told not to eat lunch as there would be food provided. Oscar finally gets the festivities underway and reveals all the party food is worm-sized. Although they let it seem like Oscar pulled one over on them, they reveal they anticipated Oscar's scam and have brought human-sized sandwiches with them.
Cartoon Pirates sing a doo-wop song about how they are preparing for their journey.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2236)
Film "What if you were magic, and could make things stop just by telling it to, or make it go backwards? Stop! Then you could see what things look like when they're moving. Go forwards! Stop! Well, film is magic, and this is a film, so you can be magic for three minutes. Like this: Go slow, water fountain! Now, you try it."
(First: Episode 0047)
Muppets A heartbroken groom sings "Don't Walk."
Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping)
(First: Episode 0675)
SCENE 5 Telly has been allowed to watch Mumford's things again and will even be able to use them again one day once he properly learns how to do magic. As he reads up on "Magic Made Easy", looking to find out how to pull a chicken out of a hat, Gordon announces the sponsors when Telly begins to hear clucking.

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