Sesame Street
Plot The Magic Conductor’s Kit
Air date February 12, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors S, X, 2


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN The Amazing Mumford magically displays today's sponsors, as Telly oohs and ahhs. A delivery man from the Meka-Leka Magic Store in Walla-Walla, Washington arrives with a package for Mumford. The magician states he didn't order anything, but accepts it anyway. Telly tells him to wait until after the theme song to open it.

SCENE 1 Before they can open the package, the delivery man returns with another package and demonstrates addition using them. He comes back twice more, bringing two more boxes, totaling to four. Mr. Handford helps them open the boxes, which contain (separately) a baton, two gloves, and a piece of paper describing “The Magic Conductor’s Kit”, but it doesn’t specify how to use it.

Animation 2 farmers
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Muppets Bruce Stringbean, Clarice and S Street Band perform "Born To Add."
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Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
(EKA: Episode 1578)
Animation A Keith Haring mural comes to life after some kids EXIT.
(First: Episode 3006)

SCENE 2 Mumford waves the baton and says his usual magic words, but the kit remains the same. Mr. Handford suggests he call the magic store for the instructions. While Mumford is gone, Telly tries on the gloves and asks Mr. Handford what a conductor does. He explains they control an orchestra and demonstrates how the baton is used. While Telly pretends to conduct, the delivery man arrives back with the instructions on how to active the kit: just say the magic words “Ala-wala-Start ‘em up!” Telly’s gloves begin waving around on their own, but the delivery man leaves before Telly can ask how to stop them.
Film Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: 12 Angry Men
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Film Counting 10 cars on a ferry boat.
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Muppets The Adventures of Prairie Dawn: Turning Off the Television To Save Energy
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2096v Cartoon A girl inflates a balloon in the shape of an S.
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SCENE 3 Telly feels his arms getting tired and makes some cries for help. A penguin answers his call and helps…by bringing in his penguin friends (who are all part of the Penguinos Quartet) so he can conduct their violin recital. Telly tries to correct them, but their music is too loud for them to hear him. The delivery man arrives again with another note that gives the magic words to make the gloves conduct faster and slower (much to Telly’s aching arms). The note, however, still doesn’t say how to stop them.
Cartoon A penguin repeats the rhythms of the sounds it hears, which include a drum, a door knock, a saw and a typewriter.
Artists: The Hubleys
(EKA: Episode 0272)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Tortoise and the Hare: When the race begins, the hare dawdles, since the tortoise is so slow he'll have time to win. Kermit rushes to the finish line so that he can see the results... and is crowned the winner.
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Cartoon Train #2
(EKA: Episode 0536)
Film A boy who lives in Alaska narrates a film of himself going ice-fishing with his grandfather and sister.
(EKA: Episode 2375)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle's three nephews show him how a round is sung.
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SCENE 4 The penguins get sick of playing without a break and leave, threatening Telly with a talk from their union. Mumford returns, having found the phone line was busy. He tries thinking of a magic phrase to stop it, when he comes across the right one – “Ala-wala-Knock it off!” The gloves stop and Telly finally takes them off, claiming he’s sticking to mittens from now on. The delivery guy comes back again. Mumford remarks to Telly a new trick he’d like to try, “Ala-wala-Lose this guy!”. The gloves, having heard the magic words, come alive and drag the man away before he can deliver the message.
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
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Film A girls' jump-rope team trains for a contest. They end up winning second place.
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Animation An owl is formed out of seeds.
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Muppets / Celebrity Oscar tells Tito Puente to scram, but he, the other Grouches, and the Grouchketeers are unable to resist dancing when Tito and his band play "Ran Kan Kan".
Cartoon A boy gets lost in a mall, and a security guard shows him how to use a map.
Artist: ArtistMike
(EKA: Episode 2874)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, Ernie reacts to a sad, funny, scary movie, to Bert's embarrassment and the annoyance of the other viewers.
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Cartoon "You know what it's like to be scared?"
(EKA: Episode 0597)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Weaver Bird."
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Cartoon Two scribbles are hesitant to let a tall green one join them, until it protects them from the rain.
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SCENE 5 The delivery man returns to deliver his last message – what Sesame Street was sponsored by today. He then invites them to the Philharmonic, who's featuring a special conductor. Telly and Mumford instantly pass on the invite.


  • This episode was taped on December 4, 1992.

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