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Ventriloquist Terry Fator and His Wonderful World of MakeBelieve

Updated on July 19, 2011

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


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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