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Terry Fator Brought Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney Together For an Amazing Duet

Three entertainers, two puppets, one voice: AGT winner Terry Fator made the duet of our dreams come true.

By Elizabeth Logan

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney singing together? In 2023? No, this isn't an AI-created deepfake, it's America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator demonstrating his amazing ventriloquism act as he puppeteers the two legends while singing in their voices...without moving his lips at all.

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The duo (trio?) performed their song "Say Say Say," which the real Jackson and McCartney released in 1983 and was the lead single on McCartney's album Pipes of Peace.

In the clip, which Fator posted to his Instagram page, the Season 2 winner imitates both the American and English rockers' voices and sings as them as well. They perform in front of a country-western backdrop, a nod to the song's music video, and joke that the pair are "back," though McCartney wonders if that's "a good thing or a bad thing."

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It's Fator's ability to combine ventriloquism with impressions that has made him a success on the Vegas strip and one of the best AGT contestants of all time. In fact, Judge Simon Cowell once called him one of the most talented people on the planet, and later claimed, “There's no question, he's the most successful Contestant we've ever had."

Terry Fator on stage with his Michael Jackson and Paul Mccartney Puppets

Believe it or not, Fator's act has made him a millionaire several times over. After winning AGT, he scored a contract at the Las Vegas Hilton for $1.5 million and published an autobiography, Who's The Dummy Now?

In 2009, he signed a deal with the Mirage for a mind-blowing and record-setting amount. As he revealed on AGT: All-Stars, "Because of America's Got Talent I signed the biggest deal in the history of Las Vegas up to that poin. Five years for $100 million? I mean talk about rags to riches." He continued working at the Mirage — for millions, of course — until the pandemic closed his show there. He's back on the strip these days for an unknown amount.

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