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Since debuting on Sesame Street in , Elmo has mesmerized millions of children, and met a host of celebrities and influential figures. Kevin Clash grew up dreaming of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Today, he is the man behind Elmo, among Sesame. He is Elmo from Sesame Street and for the past four decades he has delighted little hearts with his lovable personality and laughter. Born in.
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Kevin Clash: The Man Behind Elmo
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He also started performing on local shows in Baltimore and on the television show Captain Kangaroo. After meeting one of the original Muppeteers, he was invited to join the Sesame Street float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
That's where he first met Jim Henson, The Muppets' visionary founder who died inand encountered the artistry of the puppets themselves. It was really amazing how they made the mouths, how they sewed the mouths together, it really blew me away. You can get so much looking at it on TV, but up close and being able to really examine it, it was a dream come true for me.
Shortly thereafter, he started working with Elmo.
Meet the Man Behind Elmo
The character began to catch on, and then became a hit. And not only laughing with him and enjoying him — but also learning what they're supposed to be learning from the specific curriculum that was in the scripts with him. It's nice to be a part of their life with their child.
They run to Elmo because it's a friend of theirs that they've been talking to and communicating with and singing with for so many years. We've found that the delusion is not broken by seeing us puppeteers. Kevin Clash Clash says that children who visit the set of Sesame Street will often tell Elmo if they've gotten a new pair of shoes or a new brother or sister. And occasionally, they'll open up about other parts of their lives.
And it was very scary to [now] see the children bringing up drawings of a tower and the planes hitting the towers.