Celebrate National Hot Dog Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City!

Nothing says summertime like a good, ‘ol hotdog,especially July as it’s National Hot Dog Month! To celebrate, Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City and Pickles Deli at Bally’s Atlantic City are all serving up four specialty ‘dogs for the occasion!

Check them out:

Pretzel Dog

National Hot Dog Month 1

Hot dog soaked in IPA Beer and topped with Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Crispy Onions in a pretzel roll.

BA Bacon Dog

National Hot Dog Month 2

Bacon wrapped Kobe hot dog with Caramelized Onions and Sweet Hot Mustard.

Deli Dog

National Hot Dog Month 3

Hot dog covered in Spicy Mustard, Onions, Corn Beef and Coleslaw.

Italian Dog

National Hot Dog Month 4

Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Peppers, Onions and Potatoes.

Nom nom. We really want one now. In all its juiciness. Try them out for yourself until the end of the month at Cafe Roma at Caesars, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat and Pickles Deli at Bally’s. Pretzel Dog, Deli Dog and Italian Dog are priced at $8 a piece while the BA Bacon Dog is $12. Get one today!

Specialty Cocktail Revealed for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Rooftop Cocktail Party!

We know there are many of you out there that have your tickets for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival‘s Rooftop Cocktail Party this year because it is SOLD OUT!

This event will more or less be the kick off of this year’s festival and will feature live music and of course, all of your favorite cocktails. Sip, enjoy and dance all while overlooking the ocean and enjoying a skyline view of Atlantic City. How amazing does this sound?! You’re destined to have the best time.

Pure Leaf Iced Tea is sponsoring The Rooftop Cocktail Party and will have a specialty cocktail containing their popular not too Sweet Honey Green Tea.

Atlantic City Food And Wine Rooftop Cocktail Party

You want to know what it is…don’t you? It’s The Mango Passion Mint Green Tea Cocktail! We’re talking Belvedere Mango Passion Vodka mixed with Fresh Mint and Pure Leaf not too Sweet Honey Green Tea! YUM!

We hope you have your tickets and will be filling up your glass with the Mango Passion Mint Green Tea Cocktail because like we said, The Rooftop Cocktail Party is officially sold out! If not, be sure to grab some last minute tickets to some of the other Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival events like the The Burger Beach Bash with Martha Stewart Presented by The Beef Checkoff, Dining By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners, and Clam Bake with Chef Marcus Samuelsson! Four days!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City!

I scream, you scream….we all scream for ICE CREAM, ya’ll! And Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City are all making it easy for you during this month of July since it’s National Ice Cream Month! Woohoo!

Cafe Roma at Caesars and Crossroads of House Of Blues at Showboat are both currently offering Ice Cream Sundae specials starting at $8.99. Check a few out right here.

National Sundae Month 1

Pina Colada Fruit Waffle Sundae: Pina Colada Ice Cream topped with Malibu Syrup, Whipped Cream, Medley Fruit and Shredded Coconut

National Sundae Month 2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Sundae: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream topped with Crushed Peanut Butter Cup, Whipped Cream, and drizzled Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Sauces.

National Sundae Month 3

Flaming Bananas Foster Split Sundae: Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Captain Morgan Warm Butter Rum Sauce,Whipped Cream and a Cherry!

National Ice Cream Month 4

Sweet Cookie Indulgence Sundae: Mint and Chocolate Ice Cream and Oreo Cookies topped with Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream and a Cherry.

National Ice Cream Month 5

Cheesecake Brownie Sundae: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Cheesecake Brownie topped with Whipped Cream, Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Sauce.

Another amazing $8.99 sundae option to consider is the Dulce De Leche Sundae (Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Dolce de leche and Plantains).

Additionally, you can also score a super, huge $39 Boardwalk Cupcake Crusher Sundae at Cafe Roma and Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars, Scarduzio’s Steak & Sushi Lounge and Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat and Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s!

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This delicious monstrosity is composed of four cupcakes, seven scoops of ice cream, warm chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sauce, vanilla sauce, and caramel sauce and is finished with a heaping mountain of whipped cream! Now THAT’S a sundae. Are we right, or are we right?

AND…that’s not all. That’s right, we said it. A 100% sugar $100 Treasure Chest is also available at Nero’s Chophouse & Bar.

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Before any kind of word leaves your lips, listen to what we have going on here. The box itself is Sugar Diamond encrusted white chocolate. All of it. And it’s filled with Chocolate Valhrona Ice Cream, shards of Chocolate Bark studded with 24K gold, Sea Salt Pretzel Bark coated in Dark Pacari Chocolate from Equador, a 7 Layer Mini Ultimate Chocolate Cake Wedge with Salted Caramel Ice Cream AND…to finish it off…a shot of 100 year-old Grand Marnier on top! Holy smokes!!

That leaves us so speechless…we don’t even know what to say anymore! Moral of the story = celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s! Yum!

Your 2014 Total AC Blog 4th Of July Weekend Preview

Good news: July 4th is on a Friday this year! Bad news: A tropical storm is coming. Meh. Don’t worry. We have tons of things to keep you busy right here in Atlantic City. And Saturday and Sunday are set to be beautiful weather days. So what’s going on at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City? We’ll tell ya!

Friday – July 4th 

SAVAGE MEN at Bally’s Atlantic City

6 p.m. (9 p.m. Saturday)


If you’re really looking forward to making it rain this 4th of July, look no further than the Savage Men male strip show at Blue Martini at Bally’s Atlantic City! To recap, these Atlantic City male strippers bring all of your fantasies to life for a couple hours. You know, the construction worker, the navy pilot, the GQ and such.  Girls who really get in on the action are called up on stage for a “hot seat” surprise, but that’s not to say you don’t get some good stuff being a part of the crowd too. Special “massage therapists” scour the crowd between acts for some extra fun. (Get to know some of the guys here). You get the idea. General admission tickets are $28 in advance or $38 at the door while VIP are $48 in advance or $58 at the door. Ticket holders also score free admission into Dusk Nightclub at Caesars after the show with one complimentary drink!


4th OF JULY FIREWORKS at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s


4th of July Atlantic City

Take in the free fireworks show presented by the Atlantic City Alliance from any Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City boardwalk property – Caesars, Showboat or Bally’s! Additionally, Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar will also be playing the official 2014 DO AC 4th of July Fireworks Soundtrack that was assembled from votes via the DO AC Facebook page. Click here for a listen.



9 p.m. (Wednesday through Sunday)

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A buh-buh buh buh-buh. A buh-buh buh buh-buh! Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon will hit the stage at The Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City for a special four night engagement! Let them take you back with classics like “ABC”, “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There”. Lots of number one hits in just a span of hours! You don’t want to miss it! Click here to grab last minute tickets.



10 p.m.


Who doesn’t want a little of this on Independence Day?


Don’t need anyone tying you down! Just a friend, ya’ll! DJ Eddie Edge & DJ Ed Smooth will also be spinning the beats on this joyous holiday at The Pool After Dark. It’s about to go down! Click here to purchase advanced tickets. Pricing starts at $10 at the door.


Saturday – July 5th


10 p.m.

Scott Disick

Your favorite dose of reality is back for another memorable go-around at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City this Saturday night. The conversation is never dull when Lord Disick is in the building, kids. Can’t wait to hear it all (along with the killer beats from DJ Eddie Edge)! Click here for advanced tickets. Cover starts at $20.


Sunday – July 6th

PETER FRAMPTON at Harrah’s Resort

8 p.m.

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This Grammy Award-winning rock legend is fresh off the heels of his newest release, Hummingbird In A Box and set to take The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City by storm this Sunday night. From Herd to Humble Pie and Frampton Comes Alive! (still one of the top best selling rock records of all-time) to Fingerprints, there are sure to be a slew of musical masterpieces from start to finish. And you can only hear it and see it at Harrah’s Resort this Sunday! Get on that and get your tickets!


But that’s not all…

Bally’s Atlantic City will especially be bustling this 4th of July Weekend because Guy Fieri’s Chophouse and Buca Di Beppo are both scheduled to be open and ready to serve ya! Plus, another huge, sweet surprise, but you gotta be here to know about it!

Tropical storm who? Great food, music and nightlife, what more could you ask for?! Have a safe and happy 4th, folks!



Prepping For Atlantic City Food And Wine Burger Beach Bash with the Top 5 Craziest Burger Toppings

This weekend’s beautiful weather has us in an extreme burger-grilling mood! What about you?! This mood also has us feverishly counting down the days until the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival‘s Burger Beach Bash With Martha Stewart Presented by The Beef Check Off! (Say that three times fast, we dare ya).

This juicy event will take place on Saturday, July 26th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Caesars Atlantic City Beach Tent. Here you’ll be able to sample the area’s best burgers along with some uncommon yet fitting side dishes. Beer and wine will also be on hand for the occasion because well, hey, it’s the Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival, as well as Ms. Martha Stewart who will be filling you all in on some burger secrets. We can’t wait! Mouths are watering just thinking of it.

Anyway, to prepare for this prestigious day, we searched the interwebs for the Top 5 Craziest Burger Toppings around. Check out what we found. In no particular order:

1. Dad’s Waffle – Buttermilk Kitchen – Atlanta, GA 

Dad's Waffle

Photo Credit: SeriousEats.com

That right there is a burger on top of a sourdough waffle topped with butter and maple syrup. Would you be down with this?


2. Nutburger – Matt’s Place – Butte, MT


Photo Credit: Neatorama.com

Okay, ready? Hamburger slathered in mix of chopped peanuts and mayo. It has to be tastier than it sounds…


3. Luther Burger – Mulligan’s – Decatur, GA 

Luther Burger

Photo Credit: Neatorama.com

Although the rumor going around is that the beloved Mulligan’s is no more, this little burger sure has picked up some buzz throughout the country. Named after Luther Vandross (supposedly, though the origin is still unclear) this is basically a burger with a donut as a bun. Whether it was Luther’s fav or not…it sure is someone’s. Insert favorite pastry on top and bottom of your next burger.


4. The King – Boston Burger Company – Boston, MA

The King

Photo Credit: TheDailyMeal.com

In the vein of Elvis’ last supper/fav meal: Covered with bacon (not that weird), fried banana slices dusted with cinnamon sugar (a little crazier) and peanut butter (super cray!).


5. Original DB Burger – DB Bistro Moderne –  New York, NY 

db burger

Photo Credit: DB Bistro Moderne Facebook

That’s a whole lot of meat there. That’s because this burger is stuffed with foie gras, braised short ribs, preserved black truffle and a mirepoix of root vegetables. Holy batman. You might need a fork and knife for such a monster.

What do you think of these insane burgers?! We’re wondering if anything at the Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival Burger Beach Bash this year will top any of these babies! Seems as if the secret is with Martha Stewart until July 26th. Get tickets for this event here and prepare your stomach! It’s gonna be a good one!


Two Thumbs Up For Caesars Atlantic City Casino Floor Changes

The Caesars Atlantic City casino floor might look a little different these days and that’s because some changes were made specifically for your comfort and entertainment.

And if things don’t look a little different to you, then perhaps they might feel different when you’re sitting with baited breath at your favorite slot or video poker machine. What we’re trying to say is, no more numb butts!

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New chairs, ya’ll! Bigger seats, bigger stool backs and hydraulic adjustment bar to move that baby up and down for more comfort. You like?

The newest and most popular slot games have also been shipped in and installed for you to try out at Caesars. Take a look at these gems:

Goldfish 3 by WMS

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From WMS: “The player-favorite Gold Fish brand is back, and this time on our proven-performing BLADE™ cabinet! The swimmingly popular series returns with brand-new bonuses presented in high-definition graphics. Players will go wild for the WILD reels in the new Seahorse feature. And now for the first time ever, players will get to feed the fish! Along with a unique interface and mystery wheel that spins for one of five unique fish bonuses, Gold Fish 3 will have players lining up for Big Fins – errr – Big Wins!”

One Red Cent by MGAM

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From MGAM: “One Red Cent Deluxe on the new High Rise Games Series by Multimedia Games is sure to leave players with an experience they can take to the bank! Multimedia Games debuts this money making, 5-tier progressive on the newest High Rise Games® Series with an impressive 37 inch video top box.”

Sex and the City Platinum by IGT

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From IGT: “Fall in love again with this glamorous classic! This 5-reel, 30-payline, 50-credit cost-to-cover game offers five progressive pick bonuses. Base game math is based on the original Sex and the City™ Video SlotsThe base game is packed with iconic imagery from the Sex and the City™ Series, allowing players to reconnect with their favorite characters in this platinum hit.”

Clue Gamefield by WMS

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From WMS: “The mansion’s mysteries are updated to the modern world in this fresh take on the classic board game CLUE. Utilizing our innovative, proven Gamefield xD cabinet, CLUE immerses players into the mansion with guides taking them through the game and narrating the action”.

Jackpot Factory by MGAM 

Caesars Atlantic City casino 5

From MGAM: “This is one exciting fun factory players will love! This 5-tier progressive really makes a splash with four bonus features and stunning top screen animation on the 37-inch High Rise Games® video top box.”

Bridesmaids by IGT

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From IGT: “Save the Date and Join the Party! This game features 5-reels, 40-paylines, and a 10-credit side bet, for a 50-credit cost-to-cover. The base game is packed with iconic imagery, hit music and main characters from the hilarious film adding to the branded experience.”

Beetlejuice by WMS 

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From WMS: “Join the creepy, eccentric cast of BEETLEJUICE characters in an all-new strange and unusual slot experience. The 6×9 interface stretches across the 32-inch LCDs of the Gamefield xD™ cabinet – vividly displaying oversized symbols that award a 5x multiplier when lined up!”

Avatar by IGT

Caesars Atlantic City casino 7

From IGT: “Inspired by the highest-grossing movie of all time, James Cameron’s AVATAR™, the dazzling game duo is packed with iconic imagery from the film and industry-first innovation. IGT collaborated with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring these captivating games to life.”

Look at that awesome selection! Are you just SO ready to get your hands on them buttons and bottoms on those seats?! We don’t blame you! Be sure to make the trip and check out these new additions to the Caesars casino floor. Comfort + Entertainment = Perf Gaming Experience!

Caesars, Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City To Celebrate National Lobster Day on June 13th – June 15th

In just a couple days, it will be THAT day. And no, we’re not talking about Flag Day or Father’s Day for that matter. We’re talking about National Lobster Day. Yes, L-O-B-S-T-E-R. An American delicacy. You know you love it, we know you love it. So in honor of National Lobster Day on June 15th, Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City would like to give you not one, but three glorious days of pure lobster from Friday, June 13th to Sunday, June 15th.

We’re not joking. Cafe Roma at Caesars is really going to lobster-it-up for you. Check out the Lobster Fra Diablo.

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Complete with Spicy Marinara, Brandy and Linguine.

And then of course there’s the Lobster Princess.

National Lobster Day 2

Franchaise Lobster Tail, Jumbo Shrimp, Baby Plum Tomatoes, with a Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce over Linguine.

You like? Nero’s Chophouse and Sushi Bar will also be offering Pan Seared South African Lobster Tail over a bed of roasted corn, chorizo, sweet peas and mittake mushrooms with a drizzle of truffle oil!


Down the street at Showboat AC, the wow-factor ain’t no different! Scarduzio’s Steak & Sushi Lounge will be serving up a special Lobster Roll for the occasion.

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And Casa Di Napoli will also have a nice Lobster Princessa on the menu.

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Lobster Franchaise and Crabmeat in a Lemon Butter Sauce over angelhair.

Finally, Arturo’s at Bally’s will have lots and lots of lobster on tap these three days: Lobster Crema Di’ Aragosta, Lobster Genovese, Lobster Ravioli, South Africa Lobster Tail, and Maine Lobster stuffed with crab.

Om to the nom. Be sure to celebrate National Lobster Day at Caesars, Showboat and Bally’s from Friday, June 13th to Sunday, June 15th and do the lobster dance!

Barefoot Beach Soiree Back Again at 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival

If you ask attendees of the 2013 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival what their number one event pick was from last year, chances are that an overwhelmingly large majority would answer with the BEACH SOIREE! And we’ll tell you why:

1. It’s a Beach Party Under the Stars 

Barefoot Beach Soiree 1

Ain’t no party like a beach party! Stick your feet in the sand, feel the fresh ocean air and dance the night away to the sounds of Atlantic City’s hottest DJ’s.

2. Good Eats and Drinks 

Barefoot Beach Soiree 2

This is the famous Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival after all. Four bars, buffet stations AND gourmet passed appetizers.

3. Mingle with your Favorite Celebrity Chefs 

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Here is Robert Irvine from last year perhaps giving some advice to a soon-to-be bride? Where else can you get such an experience?!

And those are just three awesome reasons as to why the Atlantic City Food And Wine Beach Soiree ROCKS.

But, SUPER GOOD NEWS, PEEPS! The Barefoot Beach Soiree is back at the Caesars Atlantic City beach again in 2014! Marcus Samuelsson and Robert Irvine will be your hosts for the evening under the Caesars Beach tent where you’ll enjoy lots of Barefoot Wines, refreshing cocktails, scrumptious, hors d’oeuvres, music and more!

The 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Barefoot Beach Soiree will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Caesars Beach Tent. Tickets are $85 per person. Click here to purchase. It’s a night you won’t want to miss! Will YOU be there?

GoYoGo Frozen Yogurt Opens at The Pier Shops at Caesars Atlantic City!

If resisting a delicious yet pound-packing frozen treat every time you step out onto the Atlantic City boardwalk is a complete and absolute test of willpower for you, fear no more. There is a solution.

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GoYoGo recently opened at The Pier Shops at Caesars Atlantic City. This place has a great variety of fresh frozen yogurts and many guilt-free at that. We’re talking nonfat, lowfat, no sugar added, gluten free and more! In fact, each self-serve station is equipped with complete nutrition facts for every flavor offered that day.

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Here you’ll be able to choose from a total of 24 flavors (often changing so you’ll never get bored) and top your creation with whatever strikes your fancy.

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Just keep that self control in tact if you’re trying to go the healthy route! Fill up (or not) that 16 or 20 oz. cup and create your frozen yogurt masterpiece. Pricing runs just .59 cents per ounce.

GoYoGo is located on the first level of The Pier Shops at Caesars right off the Atlantic City boardwalk. Stop in and cool off during the hot summer months daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.


Terry Fator Talks Show at Caesars Atlantic City, Tricks of the Trade & More!

You voted singer/comedian/celebrity impressionist Terry Fator the winner of the second season of America’s Got Talent and seven years later he’s still going strong.

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So strong in fact, that he has been headlining his own show at The Mirage in Las Vegas since 2008 at the theater that was renamed after him, The Terry Fator Theater (formerly The Danny Gans Theater). And if all that isn’t enough, he’s been taking a second show on the road this past year to cities near you! We’re super excited that Terry Fator will finally hit the stage in AC once again this coming Saturday at The Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City. (Did you know that one of his first shows after winning America’s Got Talent was right here in AC?).

We were lucky enough to recently sit down with this man of many talents to talk about all this and more! See the interview, below.

TAC: What can fans expect from your show here at Caesars Atlantic City on Saturday?

Terry Fator: One thing that I wanted to do was to bring a travelling show to the road that was different from the show that I do in Las Vegas. I’m in the unusual position of being an entertainer whose fans actually voted them to where they are, similar to an American Idol or something like that. I decided to create a show that would allow my fans to get inside my head. I go all the way back to the time I was a janitor in Texas because that’s what I started out doing. My parents had a janitorial business when I was a teenager. And it’s the entire story of how I learned to do impressions, how I learned to do ventriloquism and how I went from being a janitor in Texas to headlining in Las Vegas. It’s really, really fun. I take them all the way through behind the scenes of what it’s like to be on a show like America’s Got Talent and it’s amazing. I’ve been doing this show for almost a year now and the response has just been phenomenal. It’s uplifting, it’s fun, it’s funny, and people are going to leave the show on a high.

TAC: Perfect! How did you come up with the concept of showcasing this type of one-man show through your own talents?

Terry Fator: One of the problems when I went to The Mirage and started talking about taking my show on the road was that they said that they didn’t like the idea of people being able to see the same show of what they could see in Las Vegas because then why would they come? So I thought that if I told the story of how I got to Vegas and do all the same types of things – puppets, ventriloquism, impressions and the whole thing that they saw on America’s Got Talent, then it would get them excited to come to Vegas. When I pitched that idea to The Mirage, they loved it. I did the first show in Vegas at The Mirage and I had all the top brass come and see it and afterwards they all said, what a great idea!

TAC: A great idea, indeed! How do you keep yourself healthy and your voice healthy performing so many shows per week and travelling on top of that?

Terry Fator: The key is humidity! In Vegas, my humidity is about 50 percent. I have professional humidifiers all throughout my house and then when I travel, I make sure that there is a humidifier there next to my bed and just make sure to keep my voice humid. That’s really worked well for me.

TAC: You are known for combining singing, comedy and ventriloquism. What made you try this out and what are your first memories of it?

Terry Fator: I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid. I just always had the ability to impersonate sound and singing. When I was a little kid, I used to sing Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson and Wayne Newton because they had the high voices. As I grew and realized that I could do all of these other things and started doing ventriloquism, I would have puppets sing those guys like Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond. Then I started a band and for fifteen years. I was in an impression band where I did impressions of everyone from Garth Brooks to Guns N’ Roses to Randy Travis to Ozzy Osbourne and then occasionally I would throw in some ventriloquism, but it didn’t hit me to have puppets doing the impersonations until about 2005. In 2005, I decided to make my entire show focused on that and boy, everything just exploded from there.

TAC: Are there any main differences between talking as a ventriloquist and singing as a ventriloquist? Do they physically come from the same place?

Terry Fator: It does, but it’s much, much more difficult to sing doing ventriloquism. It takes a lot more air pressure and is a very specialized thing. It’s not something everyone can do, it’s something almost no one can do. It’s really interesting, there are gifts that some people have. For example, I have a friend who could write an entire page on a grain of rice and he would use these microscopes and if you looked into them, you could read it all. I could never, ever do that. So it’s like you have these abilities that other people can’t do and being able to sing and especially doing impressions without moving your lips is amazingly specialized. I’m amazingly grateful that I was given that gift.

TAC: What inspires the characters of your puppets?

Terry Fator: They can be inspired by anything. My annoying neighbor Duggie who will make an appearance at Caesars, is based on a lot of guys I knew in high school. We know those bums who don’t really study and are all like ‘Dude, hey’ and that’s their whole life. I knew a lot of these guys when they were in high school and they were just worthless! So I thought what would happen if I knew these people and they were my age, in their 40’s, and they were exactly the same people? The thing is that mostly all of them are very successful business men now and nothing like they were in high school, so I made this character as if they had made no changes in their lives, and were those same guys, and the couch potatoes that they were in high school. I thought it was funny and that’s really how I do it. And other times, I’ll create certain characters specifically do to certain impressions. Like Emma Taylor who will be singing ‘At Last’ by Etta James, I created her for the purpose of singing ‘At Last’. Winston the impersonating turtle was created to do a Kermit the Frog impression, but I also made him my catch all. If I don’t have another puppet that can do it, Winston can do it.

TAC: What is the process like after you come up with a new idea for a character? Do you work with a design team that constructs the look or how does that work?

Terry Fator: I do. One of my design teams works in New Jersey right by you guys. They are called Puppet Heap and work with a lot of Jim Henson characters. Depending on what type of puppet I want to use, that’s really how I go about creating these characters and doing things. If it’s a hard puppet that’s carved out of wood I use a place in Washington and if I’m looking for a rubbery type or latex I use a place in California, so it really depends on what type of character I’m looking for.

TAC: Is there a favorite impersonation you’ve done throughout the years that sticks out in your mind?

Terry Fator: Yes, Michael Jackson. He’s always my favorite. I do a little bit of Michael Jackson in the road show and I do an entire routine of Michael Jackson here in Las Vegas. You can also see a little bit of it on my first DVD, Terry Fator Live In Las Vegas, but it’s my favorite impression to do and probably one of the best where I sound the most like the person. I don’t know what it is, but I’m able to really recreate Michael Jackson’s sound.

TAC: Is there any celebrity on your bucket list that you still have left to impersonate?

Terry Fator: Not really, not that I can think of! For me, it’s about the character and the unusualness of the voice. I’ve tried and tried and tried to do somebody like Frank Sinatra, but he pretty much just sings. He has his own tone, but if you’re looking at someone like Rod Stewart who has that raspy voice, those are the ones that I can pick up on and are my most favorite. I look for a complete character that sounds so completely distinct, you can pick it out.

TAC: What’s been the biggest surprise after winning America’s Got Talent and all of your success since?

Terry Fator: How I don’t feel any different. I used to feel that I would feel like a celebrity and it never happened! I never did kind of make that transition. I think it’s a good thing because I don’t expect anything else out of life other than what I give myself and do for myself. I don’t expect people to wait on me hand and foot. I just live my life. I have an amazing wife who is my assistant in my show and will be there at Caesars, we have six dogs and my life is really just as ordinary and normal as anyone else’s, it’s just that I’m on billboards and taxi cabs all over Vegas and do a show there every single night. I always thought that when you became a celebrity or something big happened to you like winning America’s Got Talent, that you would feel like a celebrity, like you joined a club. I never did feel like I joined the club! And I’m okay with it! I guess I thought that the entertainment fairy would hit me on the head and say okay, you are now a celebrity. It never happened!

We’re thinking that that’s probably a good thing!

Snatch up your last minute tickets to see Terry Fator live this Saturday at Caesars. Show starts at 9!