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Terry Fator Sets the Bar: From ‘The Road’ to Riches

In Christine on The Scene by Christine McKellar

MJ puppet and ventriloquist

‘Michael Jackson’, Terry Fator

Ventriloquist and comedian Terry Fator cannot only crack a joke without cracking a smile, he can also bring  inanimate objects to life. Fourteen puppets, to be precise, who are featured on a revolving basis in the hugely popular show, “Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment”, now in its ninth year  at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Some of the more dependable puppets (most likely underground Union members) are the original Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Maynard Thompkins, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator who can’t vocally impersonate the King but can do a mean Aaron Neville; innocent tween-texting-queen Emma Taylor who belts out Etta James on steroids, the smooth-as-Godiva-chocolate Julius who melts hearts with his melodious Nat King Cole nuances, and Vikki the Cougar who shamelessly boasts about the surgically enhanced décolletage beneath her untouched and sagging cotton neck.

President Donald Trump rounds out the cast along with annoying stoner neighbor, Duggie Scott Walker, who can’t stay straight in his seat, much less in his life. Of late, Sir Elton John, Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney have joined the hilarious fun on stage. As part of the 9th anniversary celebration in March, Fator introduced “Michael Jackson” and “Paul McCartney”, both of whom wowed the audience with samplings of their individual hits as well as a dueling duet: the master puppeteer’s left hand obviously knew what the right hand was doing.

The Hand That Rocks The Puppet Stable

Las Vegas showman and two women

Angie Fiore Fator, Christine McKellar, Terry Fator

As the hand behind the custom foam-molded superstar musical legends and celebs, Terry Fator writes his own jokes and material. A decent singer in his own right, he blends humor with talent while posing as the human foil to the performing puppets, male and female, that he animates without so much as moving his lips.

As each unique character takes center stage with Fator at the forefront, it makes you wonder how many vocal cords one human being can have (many people are unaware we’re all gifted with one set of two).

From Zilch to Zillions…

After twenty years of being endlessly on a budget and on the road entertaining at schools and country fairs, the once struggling entertainer got a long overdue break after winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2007. Doors opened miraculously. For the past nine years, Fator has headlined at the Mirage Hotel in the Terry Fator Theater, backed consistently by renewed multi-million-dollar contracts with the property.

Terry Fator, Criss Angel, Carrot Top, Angie Fiore Fator

During a recent VIP  9th anniversary party at STACK at the Mirage, Terry and his bride of two years, Angie Fiore Fator, were surrounded by a throng of celebrity well-wishers including Carrot Top, Criss Angel, Matt Goss, Piff the Magic Dragon, Murray SawChuck, and Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich. The show’s music director and drummer, John Wackerman and his wife, entertainer Linda Suzanne, joined the festivities along with the Terry Fator band members and kinetic dance master and DJ opening act, Ben Harris. – Christine McKellar 

 

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Tickets can be purchased at the Terry Fator Theatre box office, by phone at 702-792-7777 or 800-963-9634 or online at mirage tickets/terry fator. Tickets start at $59, plus applicable taxes and feesTerry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment. Monday – Thursday, select Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., at the Terry Fator Theater in the Mirage Hotel