PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1971
PATTERN Large Lavender Live Hand
DESIGN Jim Henson designer
  Don Sahlin builder

The Amazing Mumford is a talented magician, but his magic tricks sometimes go awry. His characteristic magic words are "A la peanut butter sandwiches!". After saying this and waving his wand, there is a puff of smoke usually accompanied by either a "poof" noise or magical tinkling sounds, and then after clearing, it reveals how the trick has gone wrong.

Grover often appears as Mumford's over-eager assistant.



Image Earliest Known Appearance Description
Episode 0280 Disappearing Pineapple Trick
The Amazing Mumford begins his magic subtraction trick with four pineapples, and makes them disappear one at a time. Then Grover makes Mumford disappear.

The story was retold in the book The Amazing Mumford and His Amazing Subtracting Trick.

Episode 0292 Suspension Act
Grover volunteers to assist Mumford in his suspension act. Grover will get on top of a platform, and Mumford will pull the pillar off from underneath, and the platform will not fall. The trick works, so Grover decides to try it himself, with Herry Monster as his assistant. Grover can't pull it off, and Herry falls.
Episode 0311 Raising and Lowering Trick
The Amazing Mumford performs his "Up and Down Trick" by raising and lowering Grover.
Episode 0322 Disappearing Cookies
The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
Episode 0381 Surprise
A woman (Jim Henson) volunteers to assist The Amazing Mumford in his surprise magic trick. Mumford makes her disappear – but when he tries to make her reappear, Herry Monster pops up, saying "SURPRISE!" (Note: In this trick Mumford uses the magic words "peanut butter" by themselves, instead of his longer trademark phrase.)
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Episode 0675 Rhyming Trick
Grover volunteers to assist Mumford in his rhyming magic trick, making three things come out of his hat that rhyme with "knee". Grover guesses the first one (key), but doesn't get the last two (ski and tree) right.
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Episode 0712 Rabbit Trick
Grover watches Mumford practice a trick, making a rabbit come out of his hat. Mumford has trouble getting a rabbit to come out of the hat; both are oblivious to the fact that Grover gradually turns into a rabbit.
Episode 1075 MAGIC
The Amazing Mumford sounds out the word MAGIC, then makes himself disappear.
Episode 1210 Disappearing Carrot
Grover is about to eat his carrot when he hears Mumford approaching. Grover asks Mumford to make the carrot disappear. Mumford eating the carrot.
Episode 1447 The Leslie Mostly Show
Leslie Mostly interviews Mumford at his home. He tries to conjure up a rabbit for her, but ends up turning himself into a rabbit. When Mumford attempts to become a person again, he succeeds...and accidentally turns Leslie into a rabbit.

Episode 2407 Rabbit Out of a Hat
Mumford is in the courtyard trying his darnedest to pull a rabbit from his hat without any luck. In fact, he's never been able to achieve the feat. Along happens Professor D. Rabbit who agrees to help him out so long as the two may reverse roles afterward.
Episode 2579 Gladys the Cow Disappears
Gladys the Cow assists the Amazing Mumford on stage. Mumford says he will make her disappear, but his attempts fail, so he says he'll turn her into a duck instead. She runs off the stage in fright, which means his trick did work this time.
Episode 3168 Big and Small Trick
A Sesame Street News Flash, in which Kermit the Frog interviews Mumford, who is showcasing his big and little trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He succeeds in making Thumbelina big, but makes Kermit (not the Big Bad Wolf) small.
Episode 3869 Hungry Baby Bear
The Amazing Mumford approaches a sad Baby Bear, who still can't find any porridge, and misses Telly. Mumford offers to make him a porridge bowl with magic, but his spell literally turns Baby Bear into one!
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Episode 4004 Letter of the Day: C
Cookie Monster asks The Amazing Mumford to make the cookie with the letter of the day disappear so that he can't eat it. Mumford tries and fails to make the cookie disappear, but Cookie Monster figures out a way to do it...
Episode 4107 Little Big Bird
Mumford accidentally shrinks Big Bird down to the size of a ladybug. In the next episode, fortunately, he meets Mike the Ladybug, who helps Big Bird travel down the street, trying to get to Gordon and Alan. At last, Mumford accidentally restores Big Bird to normal size.
Episode 4270 Letter "R" Mystery
Mumford is among the victims in the Letter R mystery, as his rabbit goes missing before he attempts his disappearing act.

Note: This is Jerry Nelson's last performance as Mumford before the performer's death in 2012.



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