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Talent winner takes to Civic Center Music Hall stage

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Terry Fator, 2007 winner of NBC's "America's Got Talent," has a diverse set of stage skills. The ventriloquist, impersonator, singer and comedian will entertain crowds 7 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker.

Fator's MySpace mood is set to "stoked," and he has every reason to be. The Texan's win on the reality series led to a five-year, $100 million contract with The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and earned him guest appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and "Late Show with David Letterman."

A professional entertainer for 22 years, Fator's act includes seven original puppets, including Cowboy Walter, Emma Taylor and Winston the Impersonating Turtle. As a ventriloquist, his singing celebrity impressions mock luminaries like Tony Bennett, Marvin Gaye and members of The Rat Pack, and lampoon modern pop performers like Maroon 5 and Gnarls Barkley.

"I look at myself as a talk show host and the characters are my guests," he said, on his Web site. "Anyone who comes to my show, within a second or two, will feel that the puppet is the real entity. I love creating life out of wood and felt."

Fator began impersonating at the age of 6, memorizing sketches from Bill Cosby. At 10, he discovered a book on ventriloquism and learned how to throw his voice. It wasn't until 2001 that mimicry and ventriloquism become his primary act. Tickets are $45.50 and $55.50. For more information, call 297-2264.

 "?Natalie Burkey

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