Ventriloquist Terry Fator and His Wonderful World of MakeBelieve

This is a true story of a little boy who knew how to make believe. He never gave up on himself or on his wonderful world of imagination and dreams. It may have taken Terry Fator years to win his audience but he eventually captured the hearts of judges and millions of Americans who voted him to victory as the  million dollar winner on ‘America’s Got Talent’ on NBC in 2007.

The following video is Terry Fator with his side-kick Winston the Turtle doing an impersonation of Kermit the Frog singing Louis Armstrong - "What a Wonderful World". This class act captured my heart a year ago when I received this video from a friend through email. I've kept it with my favorites until now. Watch and see if this comedy act will steal your heart and leave you breathless!

Prior to America's Got Talent, Terry Fator, a vocal impressionist, an amazing singer and ventriloguist, a comedian, and a world class impersonator, took the stage in Theatres with top performers like Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, Styx plus has performed for some of the largest Corporations including General Motors, Midas Muffler, AT&T, and has performed for both President Clinton and Bush.

The Mirage Las Vegas

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After America's Got Talent, in May of 2008, it was announced that Terry Fator had signed a five year deal to perform nightly at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The theatre Fator will perform in has been renamed 'the Terry Fator Theatre' to replace Danny Gans. He will perform five shows a week in the 1,265 seat theatre.  The entire deal is worth over $200 million and is one of the largest entertainment deals in Las Vegas history. Fator, along with his cast of puppets, will be performing their first act at the Mirage on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2009.

The Early Years of Terry Fator

Ventriloquist Terry Fator got his start in the fifth grade when he chose a book titled ‘Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit’, by Paul Winchell to do research for his Valentine Day assignment. Fator used the book to learn ventriloquism and a few weeks later bought his first Willie Talk dummy from Sears at the age of 10. He continued to save his money and bought his first professional ventriloquism dummy when he turned eighteen.

Fator said that one of the reasons why he learned how to sing as a ventriloquist was because he loved to sing in his car. He would see other people singing in their cars and thought they looked rather goofy and so as the story goes Fator would learn to sing without moving his lips.

The Legend Walter T. Airedale Singing Garth Brook's Friends in Low Places

Some Character Names of Terry Fator's Puppets

 

Walter T. Airedale - Also known as Airedale is a country singer and is the puppet that Fator has had the longest.

Emma Taylor singing Etta James's 'At Last'

 

Emma Taylor - Emma is a real cute lady and is Terry Fator's best puppet friend. She sang with him on America's Got Talent.

Johnny Vegas singing Dean Martin's That's Amore

 

Johnny Vegas - Johnny is a lounge singer often impersonating Dean Martin and Tony Bennett, etc.

Terry Fator, he's no dummy!  He has said that he feels like the poster boy of the American dream.  An unbelievable dream come true!  And I think to myself What a Wonderful World

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thanks for dropping in Enelle. Relax and enjoy the vids :)


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Absolutely love this guy - watched him on America's Got Talent - first time I had ever seen him, and though he was wonderful! Great hub my dear, so glad I found it :D - am going to watch all the vids now LOL


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

They are great talent. I wish I saw their opening show last night at the Mirage. I bet they were phenomenol! :)


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

They are amazing, great talents. :)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hi Smiley :D


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

:D


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hahahaha, lol, there you are again. You just sent me an email and said you couldn't sleep so I sang a virtual lullaby and sent it off to the Philippines. Come back anytime you want to snoop, I'll be here, sis!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

It's almost 2 am I still can't sleep. Thought of dropping by your hub and just snooping around to see the latest comments.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Ooh Daisy, I like celebrating with you. You're a real party girl...ooh aah get down tonight....let's get it on! Lets crack the wine and sing a song! LOL Thanks for coming by for a little celebration tonight Daisy, I loved it! Huuuuuuuuugs right back your way Angel :)


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hey DOttie, yippppeeeeeeee you made it to the top three hubmob stumble thingy! Let's party.....Bring out the wine, the food, turn on the music, dim the house lights and put on the disco light and let's groove tonight.....do a little dance....get down tonight... Congratulations dear angel. You are soaring high with this hub. Good for you. . LOL. Terry Fator will be a household name in your home indeed! Huuuuuuugs:)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hi SweetiePie, if you like puppets and a good comedy show then Terry Fator can be a great entertainer. He can certainly entertain me. I love how he can imitate so many different types of singers. To me it's fascinating. Thanks for stopping by.

Thank you ajcor for your comments. Yup that Terry Fator is a very clever man in my opinion. Maybe after his opening debut in Las Vegas, the name Terry Fator will be a household name.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Congratulations on your win Dottie1 - well done for a great hub on a person I have never heard of before today...loved the videos - what a clever man!...cheers


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Terry Fator sounds like a very entertaining person Dottie. He sounds very entertaining too :).


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thank you so much Zsuzsy.  I appreciate your visit and kind words :)

Thank you newsworthy.  Happy Valentines Day.  I'll pick you up for the show! :)


newsworthy 7 years ago

congratulations on 2nd place. you and terry fator definitely deserve the winnings.

i'd love to be at his show on valentines day.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Yehaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Congrats Dottie. A great hub deserves a great big win.

regards Zsuzsy


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Ok ready to go. Daisy's coming too. She's already packed. I saw her luggage on the forum the other day and she is ready and packed for an army of people. LOL OK, I'll let you go get your beauty sleep, even though I don't think you need it sis, you're already beautiful! :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Pack me inside your suitcase LOL I will go with you!  Hahaha  I just told Daisy the good news over the phone! :-) We just came home from rehearsals and about to get our beauty sleep. It's almost midnight now.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thank you sis for being here in the excitement of it all. I won! :) Let's all go to Vegas and see the show. I'd love to go. :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Dottie! Angel Dottie, you won!!! You won!!! Yipee!!!! I am soooo happy for you! Way to go Sis! :-)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thank you Shirley. This is exciting news. Maybe Terry Fator will see this and send me tickets to the Mirage in Vegas for his opening show on Valentines Day. If he does do you want to go?


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Congratulations Dottie!!!!!!! I read in the forum that you won one of the StumbleUpon ad prizes! Yippee, you sooo deserve it!

This is a fantastic hub. Like ProCW, I've never heard of Terry Fator before. What a talented man!

Enjoy your win, Naughty Dottie Angel! (((big hug)))


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hi ProCW, I don't know why this talented guy isn't well known but hopefully after his opening night on Valentine's Day at the Las Vegas Mirage that will all change for Terry and his puppets. He's worked hard and deserves the recognition. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoyed!


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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This guy has IT! I've never heard of him 'til today, but again - WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's very entertaining!!!!

Thanks for the hub, Dottie!!!

Wonder if he can do It's Not Easy Being Green? :)

Thumbs up!

:) ProCW


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thanks Eddie for stopping by. I'm glad I could help brighten your day! :)

Hi Mr. Awesome. Thanks for passing by and spreading your LOVE..


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Ryan Hupfer 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

I freakin' LOVE this Hub and I've never heard of this guy -- way to be an amazing HubMobster!!


Eddie Perkins 7 years ago

Dottie,

Thanks for the introduction.  I enjoyed every video and your words.I love music and laughter so this hub hit in on the head and made my day.

Thanks again. ~ eddie


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

@ Zsusy, have fun with the granddaughters, put the sewing away and bring out the toys.  Have a great weekend Zsuzsy....play hard and laugh a lot, oh ya, and no shovelling this weekend.  You have done enough!

 

@compu-smart, hiiiiii, whatcha doin?  Hey  comp, how do you type without moving your fingers....you have some explaining to do, sir!  LOL...I just got it, never mind!  I'm a little slow sometimes....LOL


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

I love this hub! and ventrilquism! I will have to bookmark and check out the other videos later!..

I typed all this without moving my fingers!!:D


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I saw him on a show doing kermit once but didn't remember his name.This is awesome I'll be seing my granddaughters this weekend...I'll be able to pull out your hub and show the girls Kermit. They will just love it. Thanks Dottie for sharing.

regards Zsuzsy


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hi anjalichugh, 

One reason I can think of why you may not have seen Terry Fator's performances before is because he said himself until now he was not well known because people do not take ventriloquism seriously because of previous ventriloquists who did corny shows for kids and thought they didn't need to be good because it was just for kids so they wrote stupid stuff. 

Fator is trying to change how people look at ventriloquism.  He writes for adults which is also appropriate for children and because of that ventriloquism is beginning to be taken more seriously. 

Thanks for stopping, I'm glad you enjoyed. ~Dottie~


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Great work Dottie. Very interesting hub. I wonder why I hadn't see any of his performances before. Thx for sharing those lovely videos.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Darlene thank you. Glad you stopped by :)

mamacoots, you're welcome and it's so nice to make someones day. It's also nice to see a new visitor. I'll have to come by and visit you. Take care.

Patty, I could listen to Winston for hours too and I have! LOL And thanks, I appreciate the thumbs up. :)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

LOL VioletSun, I'm just imagining you and your older sister pretending to be ventriloquists.  I bet you were really good because I know from having an older sister that if you weren't good, you would have heard about it! LOL  Now I just hope my older sister doesn't read this.

You are very welcome for the introduction.  I had been hanging onto the video of Terry and his turtle Winston in email for so long it seemed the right timing to take them out because of Hubmob's entertainment week and the opening of Terry and his crew's opening in Las Vegas on Valentines Day.

It was fun in the making and I'm so glad you enjoyed.  :)

 

Hi Ripplemaker, when we get together to watch our favorite  Disney movies, bring your puppets along.  We can have a blast making those puppets sing bipidi bopidy boo and whistle while you work.  Oh yes, lets do life with movies, cocoa, popcorn, friends, and puppets.  LOL 


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

This guy is great fun! I could listen to Winston for hours. :) Thumsb way Up!


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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana

WOW. I had never heard of him, but I don't watch much tv. He is amazing! Thanks for the great hub. It made my day! ;-)


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DarleneMarie 7 years ago from USA

Very nice and interesting Hub showcasing Terry Fator Dottie!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am so amazed at the talent of ventriloquists. :-) I've always wondered how they do that. Well, I make my puppets talk when I give off little shows for the kids in school but it is very obvious that I'm speaking since my mouth is mouthing the words :-) LOL The kids don't seem to mind. Thank you for sharing this Angel Dottie. It brings me into a realization: hey, this is one thing I would like to learn to do, you know, just for the fun of it :-)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Dottie: I love this, there is a burst of introducing talented perfomers in hubpages. Just read Dayzeebee's hub on the little girl who sings with a passion. Thanks for introducing me to this talented guy. I remember as a little girl, my older sister and I would pretend to be ventriloquists, and in my imagination, I thought I was doing a great job. LOL!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thank you Ilovehubbing :)

quicksand, hahaha about the only profession that pays you to talk and keep your mouth shut. And being a weather man here in New England is the only profession you get paid, for getting the weather wrong most of the time, LOL!

See ya, and keep right on humming:)


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quicksand 7 years ago

Hi Dottie!

It's amazing, just before I clicked on the link to this hub, I was humming "when the shark bites", and I was sounding like Louis Armstrong!

Ventroloquism is the only profession which pays you to "talk" and keep your mouth shut at the same time. LOL!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thank you Suzanne. I'll have to check out the videos and tv. That would be the next best thing :) Thanks for coming by.

Hi dayzeebee, I'm glad you enjoyed some more hubmob entertainment. I was watching lots of youtubes today and lost track of time. Sometimes it is fun to get lost and drift away with the sound of music. I have only 2 more very important stops to make before I sleep tonight. Thanks for the restful wishes, Angel Daisy.:)


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Dottie, hahahah enjoyed this hub. I love acts that have a twist and Terry does that perfectly. What a combination of talent and skills. Well, he deserves that Vegas deal all right! Thanks for an informative and enjoyable hub. Hey aren't you suppose to be sleeping at this time? LOL. Rest well, Angel Dottie.:)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

I would love to go to that show on Valentines Day G-Ma. Let's see how can we get tickets? Terry Fator was at Hampton Beach near me in October. I tried to get tickets but I was too late and that was 5 months before the show.

Sorry G-Ma, I'm not really into these things enough to know who you were thinking of. But when the hubmob for entertainment came up, I remember I put the little turtle in with my favorite stuff. It couldn't have been better timing since they are opening on Valentines Day.

I'm glad you enjoyed the show! {hugs}


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

You're welcome Bob. It's always fun to meet new people. Thanks for stopping by.

Bk WHAT? the dummies not alive? LOL Thanks for your secret comment.


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

I have seen him a couple of times on videos and TV. He really is something! Thanks! :)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

OMG.....  I Know he is just wonderful...I too love to watch him and sure wish I could go to the show on Valentine's Day....he is so good but there is also another one...I can't think of his name right now (of course)...he doesn't sing like other singers but he is soo good...darn when I remember I will come back and tell you..If you are into these things you probably know who I am talking about.

I went back and watched each one  that was on here...It was so much fun...Thanks sweetie so much I loved every second of it...again...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

There's just something about a ventriloquist - don't know what it is - maybe we (secretly) think the dummy is really alive.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

Thank you for introducing me to someone I did not know.

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