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Topic: America's Got Talent
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Apr 5, 2008 08:39AM)
Vent Michael Harrison has made it through the preliminary rounds and has taped a spot which will be aired sometime in late June or early July, whenever the series starts. He has a very good act so watch for this. Good luck to Michael!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Apr 5, 2008 03:50PM)
I've seen videos of Michael and he's great. Definitely wish him the Best!!
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Apr 6, 2008 08:51AM)
Michael deserves to be there, he's got a great act. I just wonder how far he can advance - his sets are comedy, which don't work well in that tight format. Terry had the impressions and music going for him. Wish him the best!
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Apr 6, 2008 06:06PM)
I remember when Terry first appeared. The judges sorta sighed "Oh,... another Ventriloquist" until he got started and really wowed them because of the versatility of his act. Definitely not what they expected.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Apr 6, 2008 08:07PM)
Realistically, as good as Michael is, what are the chances of the producers letting a vent win 2 years in a row? It ain't "America's Got Ventriloquists!"

Bob
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Apr 6, 2008 08:12PM)
I agree that he probably wouldn't win but at least they are going to willing to listen this year.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Apr 7, 2008 08:23PM)
Michael got one of my Big Lips masks ;)
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Apr 8, 2008 06:39PM)
Is that the Angelina Jolie, or the Mick Jagger?
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 9, 2008 08:51AM)
Haha...Chimps Butt.


I know I am the ONLY male to find Jolie less than attractive, especially when she jutts them suckers out to be MORE prominant. She needs a wide brimmed hat to keep the birds from...never mind, I'm ill.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Apr 22, 2008 11:18AM)
OFF TOPIC:

Watch a Filipina trying it out at Britain's Got Talent :)

A song for her children...

http://tinyurl.com/3r672j
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Apr 22, 2008 11:59PM)
WOW
Message: Posted by: James Arnott (Apr 23, 2008 04:05AM)
The sob story helped her get through, as is the case on so many of these programmmes.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Apr 23, 2008 04:32AM)
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On 2008-04-23 05:05, James Arnott wrote:
The sob story helped her get through, as is the case on so many of these programmmes.
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True...

...but the judges have eyes and ears for good talent...not just sob stories.

I mean,anyone can go there and tell a sob story yet sing or perform lousy, I'm guessing he/she will be thrown out.
Message: Posted by: James Arnott (Apr 23, 2008 01:45PM)
Yes, the judges seethe talent BUT she becomes popular with the general public because of the back story. It's the same with a child singer on the show. He came out and sang very well, but was careful to tell everyone that he got bullied because of his singing. In the same way that she made sure that we knew she was singing to save her children.

It makes good television, but after a while the gimmick wears very thin.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Apr 24, 2008 11:23AM)
True :)
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Jun 16, 2008 05:41PM)
For those who are interested, Michael Harrison will be appearing on America's Got Talent tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 17th.
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jun 16, 2008 06:43PM)
Thanks for the update Doug.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jun 16, 2008 09:06PM)
My George The Giant is also competeing. Should be fun.
Message: Posted by: olivertwist (Jun 16, 2008 10:20PM)
Doug,
You're not the only American male to find Jolie less than attractive. Years ago, at first glance she did look like something special, but now I find all of these "starlets" to be nothing more than cleverly photographed, slightly above average women.
Oliver
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jun 17, 2008 06:00AM)
I meant My FRIEND George the Giant...not like I acquired him in a poker game or something.

It's women who seem to like that Landed Carp look of the Chimp butt lips because they think men like them...freakish.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Jun 17, 2008 10:03PM)
Sorry all! Not sure why Michael Harrison wasn't on the show? He told me June 17th and that's what his calendar says as well. I'll ask him and let you know.

Doug
Message: Posted by: ziff (Jun 18, 2008 07:20PM)
Michael's Web site says NBC will air the 2nd and 3rd two-hour audition shows on June 24th and July 1st.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jun 19, 2008 09:07AM)
Michael Harrison got one of our cable masks :) FYI only :)
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Jul 21, 2008 04:33PM)
Just received an e-mail from Michael Harrison. He will definitely be appearing on AGT tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22nd. He is a very talented vent.
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 21, 2008 04:44PM)
Doug,
Thanks for the update - I've been looking for him!
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jul 23, 2008 12:02AM)
Mike rocked the house tonight, on AGT.

I've known him for years, and he was his usual stellar self.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 23, 2008 12:22AM)
Hi Donald,

Is there a video link? :)

Wanlu

Posted: Jul 23, 2008 1:36am
Found it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_DOo8ukPyg

Posted: Jul 23, 2008 1:51am
Michael bought one of my cable masks

I doubt if he will use it in AGT

I can't wait to see what he will do in the next round...

...my guess? Cry Baby or another vent gag with an audience member. If he does not get anyone from the audience, then he must have forgotten what Pierce told him

It could also be his Ana Conda
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 23, 2008 07:53AM)
Wanlu,
I doubt Michael will use the mask based on the lawsuit threats over using them by Ronn Lucas. Even Terry Fator mentioned at VentHaven that he had paid Lucas for the rights to use masks in his show. While Lucas may or may not win, he has the money to tie performers up in court and potentially bankrupt them.

Good clip, thanks for posting the link so I didn't have to sit through the whole show. Conrats to Michael - he deserves the break and I wish him success!
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 23, 2008 08:42AM)
Exactly what I had in mind regarding the mask :)

I was hoping he would capitalize on the comment of Piers regarding audience helper...maybe he can do the Axtell Big Baby :)

or... my next guess would be his Ana Conda but no helper there :)

But the guy is so talented, he might just surprize us all in the next round. I certainly hope he makes it.
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 23, 2008 09:08AM)
I have doubts that AGT will allow another vent to make it. That is in no way a slam on Michael, he's great, I don't believe the show's producers will allow him to succeed. I wish him success - and no matter what the outcome, he will definitely raise attention to his career.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 23, 2008 09:17AM)
That's the very sad truth Tom...unless, he wows the judges and the crowd with something really different... :)
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jul 23, 2008 10:54AM)
I thought it was an excellent performance, especially considering time restraints. I'm sure we were all amused at the judges' comments about the originality of the audience-member-as-puppet idea. Hey, it got Michael to the next round.

I agree that AGT's producers probably don't want the show to become AGV. But let's hope Michael's obvious talent keeps him going!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 23, 2008 11:00AM)
Another talent to watch out for this season of AGT are the Pendragons :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaYdXJiNms0
Message: Posted by: harris (Jul 28, 2008 10:39AM)
Last night a vent used an audience member as the puppet..He was sent on to Vegas...

I was surprised that one of the judges said he had not seen it.

Many of you(me) have been doing it for years.

This summer I also added the Steven Knowles paper mask...


Harris
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jul 28, 2008 02:47PM)
For those who aren't from my part of the world wouldn't know but his routine for the mask was almost identical to one done by my mentor Peter Roslton for years. After the show, I got a call from his family saying "He used Dad's bit".

Michael Harrison is originally from Victoria BC and I am sure watched Peter growing up. I hope it was an accidental influence rather than a direct steal.
Message: Posted by: harris (Jul 29, 2008 09:47AM)
Neal...are you talking about the vent on America's got talent..that used a volunteer without a mask, The Paper Mask...or????


I know I have a lot of stuff in my head...such as old TV , vinyl records, and classic movie bits....


Harris
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jul 29, 2008 10:12AM)
It was the bit without the mask but using the lines about "what did you eat?" and then "What do you have to say" BURP"

Peter did that for years with these lines
"How many hot dogs did you eat"
"12"
"12! Wow, and how many pop?"
"12"
"12 hot dogs and 12 pop? What do you have to say for yourself"
"BURP"

It would have just been nice to contact the family and ask about using his bit - that's all.
Message: Posted by: harris (Jul 29, 2008 10:16AM)
Thanks ..Neal..

Though I have never heard of that bit...

Nigel talks about eating a lot of chocolate...including chocolate pizza( from Pizza Street or C'C's which is popular with local kids...

How do you feel Nigel..

Nigel doesn't say anything..but squishes up his mouth, shakes and then slowly bends forward at the wast...

Asking is always nice....

I just took a day class for my counseling credentials on Ethics...

Thanks for the reminder that it is applicable in all areas of our life.

Harris
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 29, 2008 10:51AM)
Neale,
The belch isn't that far a stretch. While I've never heard of Peter before your mention, I've heard similar gags before. Harris is a good example of thinking along those lines.

Michael's from Canada, so there is a chance that he heard Peter do the routine and it was incorporated into his presentation later. It could be an example of parallel thinking. Another possibility is he talked with Peter about it long ago and was encouraged. (So he may already have had permission even if the family didn't realize it.)

Since you are obviously close to the family, I can understand you'd be bothered by this. I recommend you contact him directly. He's always been very friendly when we've communicated and I'm sure he wouldn't want any mis-understanding of this nature.
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jul 29, 2008 05:47PM)
I may do that. I know that from how upset the family was, he hadn't asked.

I guess it could be parellel thinking but not only is he from Canada, he is from near here and at least was INFLUENCED by Peter.

I wish I had video of Peter to show you, but we haven't been able to locate any. The TV station long ago erased the masters, and earlier shows were live.

Peter was huge in our part of the country, but I understand if you hadn't heard of him.
Message: Posted by: Ony Carcamo (Jul 29, 2008 06:37PM)
Neale, if, indeed, he stole that bit (or perform it wihout permission) and even used it in a nationwide (actually worldwide--since the show can be seen via youtube) show--that's so bad. Stealing materials should always be discouraged.
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 29, 2008 07:06PM)
We seem to have taken this thread in another direction - so I am going to start one on original/stolen/borrowed materials and themes.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 29, 2008 09:34PM)
If I may suggest...it might be best to ask the parties concerned to deal with the problem on their own first before we sensationalize the idea of stealing. Michael is a pro and I don't think he will steal materials and use it in national TV unless he has a reason.

I have seen materials used by almost everyone in the business, yes even the so called pros...some lines used exactly the same, some are just revised or translated but still the same and what's terrible is when people feel bad when someone copied what they also copied.

Its a small community...if indeed Michael copied the bit, Neale can email him and ask him the story behind it and inform him the the family is disturbed, then maybe we may know the hidden truth...and he will soon realize that what he did is wrong if he did copy the bit.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jul 30, 2008 11:20AM)
Back on topic, sort of.

There is an interesting article in Magic Magic this month by 3 magicians (Dan Stapleton, Becky Blaney, and Bizarro) relating their experiences on AGT. Portions of their acts were taken out of context to make them look foolish. The article gives some real insight to the behind-the-scenes goings on and, frankly, makes Terry Fator's win seem that much more improbable.

Recommended reading!

Bob
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jul 30, 2008 11:25AM)
Bob,
can this article be found online?

Thanks

Donald
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 30, 2008 11:35AM)
Terry had "WOW" factor - his first impression left everyone stunned. Had he only done impressions, or had he only done vent - there would have been another winner. He won because of the combined talents - vent, impressions and vocals - and each time he "WOW'd" them.

I don't get the magazine mentioned, but the authors should have known what they were getting into. AGT encourages the audiences to boo - Jerry Springer is the host - those two things say everything you need to know.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Jul 30, 2008 12:39PM)
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On 2008-07-30 12:35, tacrowl wrote:
Terry had "WOW" factor - his first impression left everyone stunned. Had he only done impressions, or had he only done vent - there would have been another winner. He won because of the combined talents - vent, impressions and vocals - and each time he "WOW'd" them.

I agree with Tom.

He also has a million dollar act. If he didn't, his signature would not be at the bottom of a 100 million dollar casino contract.
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jul 30, 2008 12:54PM)
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On 2008-07-30 13:39, Doug Arden wrote:
He also has a million dollar act. If he didn't, his signature would not be at the bottom of a 100 million dollar casino contract.
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Doug,
Do you see that as a problem too? Not that the acts mentioned are not good acts, but million dollar acts are very rare. I saw Terry long before AGT and thought he was way above the venues he was working.

The difference between a good act and a million dollar act? I have a million dollar plus act - BUT that is over my entire lifetime. One show? Nah. Some of the people auditioning are hoping to get lucky. You have to be truly prepared for the opportunity. If you go on a show like that, you'd best be prepared for a dose of humility.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Jul 30, 2008 05:36PM)
Tom:

Yes, the way I see it is, million dollar acts are just that, million dollar acts. And if you take all of the thousands and thousands of entertainers in North America alone, there are precious few that would fit into that category. Terry Fator obviuosly did and still does. He was in the right place, at the right time, with the right act. Kudos to him!

There are a number of very good acts out there who are quietly going about their business and making a tidy six or seven figure income doing it. But, how many of them can headline a Vegas showroom and draw consistently large enough crowds to warrant a 100 million dollar contract? Probably not that many.
Message: Posted by: cns (Jul 30, 2008 11:45PM)
Terry is more than just a "right place, right time, right act" kind of guy. I think that chance does have a lot to do with it but the real ingrediant that is being missed is simply that this guy has "Talent"!
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Aug 5, 2008 02:26PM)
Michael Harrison on AGT tonight performing with his 25 ft. snake puppet, "Ana Conda."
Message: Posted by: georgethegiant (Aug 5, 2008 07:51PM)
Doug I still say my Ace's should have won
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Aug 5, 2008 10:08PM)
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On 2008-08-05 20:51, georgethegiant wrote:
Doug I still say my Ace's should have won
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You can most definitely do what most people, including me, wouldn't even think of trying! I would love to see your entire act.

[quote]
On 2008-08-05 15:26, Doug Arden wrote:
Michael Harrison on AGT tonight performing with his 25 ft. snake puppet, "Ana Conda."
[/quote]

Well, so much for that! I don't know if they are going to show his entire bit on Thursday night or not? When one of the judges says she's "bored out of her mind"... well?

Terry Fator is incredibly talented and such a tough, tough act to follow. Tune in Thursday night!

Posted: Aug 6, 2008 3:47pm
Just got an e-mail from Michael Harrison. He was eliminated last night in Las Vegas. No surprise really.