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Sesame Street
Plot Max the Magician
Air date August 18, 2008
Season Season 39 (2008)
Sponsors C, 4
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout
Releases Elmo's Magic Numbers

4166

Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN
What's the Word on the Street: Subtraction

SCENE 1
Chris serves snacks to Big Bird, Elmo and Rosita, then welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. Elmo asks for a banana, to which Chris replies "You just said the magic word!" -- which cues the grand entrance of Max the Magician (Will Arnett), who has some "real" magic tricks to display ...

SCENE 1
cont'd
For his first trick, Max produces two scarves, then another one, making them three scarves. Everyone is amazed and wants to know how he did the trick - except for Chris, who already knows. Max doubts that Chris knows his secrets, but Chris explains that the "trick" was done using something called "addition." He demonstrates it himself by adding one and two glasses of milk to make three.


SCENE 1
cont'd
Max has another trick up his sleeve: he displays five cards, then makes each of them disappear, one by one, by "discarding" them, until they become zero cards. Once again, Chris is able to explain the trick with something called "subtraction," using straws to demonstrate. Max: "Are you sure you're not a magician?"


SCENE 1
cont'd
Max has one more trick, which he needs a volunteer for: he displays a rope, which Big Bird holds one end of, and turns it into two pieces, by cutting it with a pair of scissors. To Max's great detriment, Big Bird figures out that the trick was done with something called "division," and tries it on one of his birdseed breadsticks.

SCENE 1
cont'd
Max has no more tricks up his sleeve, but he vows to return one day with some tricks that will really impress everyone. With a whirl of his cape, he poofs out of sight -- a trick which not even Chris can figure out!
The street story can be seen on Sesamestreet.org. (SSvideo)
Song
"Subtraction!"
Contains re-used footage from one of the films where The Count counts five children on a bench.
Cartoon
"I'm Curious" (new sound effects added)
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(EKA: Episode 3066)
SCENE 2
While Chris washes the counter at Hooper's, Elmo shows up as a magician. He makes the letter C appear, then "disappear."
Animation
The letter C is built with construction equipment.
Artist: Expat Labs
Film
C for Circle
(EKA: Episode 3563)


Muppets
Murray Has a Little Lamb
Murray's lamb, Ovejita, leads him to another secret escuela with the clues of un uniforme (a unform), una pelota (a ball), y una patea (a kick). The school turns out to be a soccer school, where kids practice playing soccer. Murray tries being a goalie, and dribbling the ball with his feet.

Cut from the Sprout version (see Alterations noted below).
Cartoon
"Dancing with the Flowers"
(EKA: Episode 4058)
SCENE 3
As Chris washes carrots, Elmo the magician comes back to present the number of the day, subtracting 1 carrot from 5 to make 4 carrots.
Animation
Egyptian figures illustrate the number 4.
(EKA: Episode 3428)
Film
Gymnasts form the number 4.


Muppets / Animation
Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
Ernie and Bert are astronauts, traveling through space in their Rubber Duckie-shaped spaceship. They land on a distant planet and befriend a group of aliens, who bear a striking resemblance to Bert. They invite Ernie to play with them, which makes Bert very shy about meeting the aliens at first, but he finds out that they love pigeons as much as he does, maybe more. They all have fun doing his pigeon dance.
Song
Everyone has the same feelings, "No Matter What." Kids of all types play with a huge beach ball.
(EKA: Episode 2782)
Cartoon
Musicians in a painting learn to cooperate to play music.
(EKA: Episode 3460)
Muppets
Elmo's World: Violins
(First: Episode 4140)
SCENE 4
Chris finds Elmo's magician cape and pretends to be a magician himself. He announces the sponsors and tries to take a bow, but the pesky spotlight keeps moving away from him.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
Muppets

Global Grover: In China, Grover has learned from a boy who is training to be an acrobat.
This segment replaces "Murray Has a Little Lamb" in the Sprout version.


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