Terry Fator may be enjoying a five-year, $100-million deal at the Mirage in Las Vegas, but he is hardly resting on those many, many laurels. This past month he has been headlining country fair stages. These stages are far from the free venues in the back of the park he used to play, but they show a willingness to travel and to make the best out of his situation.
This dedication certainly comes from his childhood. As a kid he and his two siblings were “employees” in their parents’ janitorial service. That meant 10-12 hour days in the summer and 6-8 hour days during the school year. Not only did this instill a work ethic, but it also inspired Terry Fator to do any other line of work and to avoid returning to cleaning toilets.
He almost seemed destined to return to the family business until he appeared and won America’s Got Talent. Of course, upon taking the stage, David Hasselhoff remarked, “Oh, no, a ventriloquist.”
In the end, Piers Morgan found that the whole ventriloquism thing he did is just what made his act so astounding. There are a number of performers who combine impersonations, singing, and comedy, but few who can do it with tightly clasped lips.
Now, Terry Fator tickets are sold out on the Las Vegas Strip. He turned a five month contract at the Las Vegas Hilton into a five-year residency at the Mirage and has made countless television appearances. He still hits the country fair circuit, just as he once did, but this time as a headliner. Fator is proud to be taken seriously as a performer and regularly tells his story, including for a recent interview in Toronto, as the nation of Canada prepares for its own “Got Talent” spinoff.