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Magic Vocabulary Skills (series, late-70s)

Hot off the heels of ACI's 'Read On! From Left to Right,' I immediately recall this children series which was produced by ITV back in the Seventies.

If you thought Mel and Lem were out there, imagine a show where you have talking shoes, skits with humans and kids, haunted houses and some poor boy schelping up a word mountain, only to be knocked down by a lone boulder once he gets up there.. and that's only a sample of what was in store.

Though I know RiffTrax doesn't do series, it would be great if you could find one episode and riff it, but I fear it might be too out there for Bill, Mike and Kevin. But hey, they did the ACI 'At your fingertips,' series and well as 'Norman,' so what the hey?

Let's see if they can find out what makes these skills so magical?

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  • Kristy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I love stuff like this! the guys and these educational shorts are now forever linked in my mind - I can't imagine them not picking this up! Guys- do this SERIES please!

  • B H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Magic Vocabulary Skills (aka simply Magic Vocabulary) was made by "The Instructional Television Center of Broward County, Florida" sometime between 1975 and 1977. This organization is now operating under the name BECON, all caps, and not beacon. I remember the mountain, which was called "D mountain" or some other letter, and the boy had to determine words that began with the featured letter. The haunted house was cool. There was also a computer room, with cards with words fed into this computer, and it had to determine which word did not belong in the subject. There was also a sequence, usually toward the end, with two or three house tops with a subject written on them, and blocks with words would come in and go under the subject roof under which they belonged. There was also a blimp, E149, who was in communication with Air Traffic Control. The controller would respond to the blimp's pilot, saying "Roger, blimp echo 149-er." At the very end, there would be a stage, with the curtains being drawn, and two spotlights moving around, and a voice saying that the words used in the episode would be shown on the screen "in a final curtain call. When you see each stars name on the screen, say it aloud." This program was a delight, and I would like to see it again, too.

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