August 2, 2010

The Ed Sullivan Plate-Spinning Guy (Solution)

Category: Music — jerry @ 8:33 am

I wrote just over a year ago about trying to identify the frenetic music always being played while the Ed Sullivan Plate-Spinning guy (Next contest: What was his name and whatever happened to him. I have to think he died quite young–from hypertension or somesuch). My new best friend Michael Goettee, whom I now owe a cup of coffee, has finally identified it as Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance”:

Just try and sit still (or spin plates) listening to that.

P.S. My benefactor has his own website, I see, and is a heck of an artist. Please visit him at and buy something and maybe I can get out of this whole cup of coffee thing (‘cuz I’m sure he’d insist on Starbucks).

UPDATE: Never mind on the second contest, I found out the plate-spinning guy’s name is Erich Brenn. There’s finally a video up at Youtube of him doing this, but I’m not allowed to embed it in the blog so you can watch it here. (But it’s got the WRONG MUSIC!!)

1 Comment »

  1. watching this on America’s got talent reminded me of spinning plates on the ed sullivan show.

    YouTube got me to the video, Wiki got me to the song.

    But I am so disappointed that there isn’t a video of Erich Brenn spinning plates to the Sabre Dance.

    It’s such a vivid memory with feeling – that ‘urgency’ that disaster is about to happen at any moment. 🙂

    Comment by Rick — July 10, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

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