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Q: What entertainer envyed Blue Man Group's ability to leverage themselves ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: What entertainer envyed Blue Man Group's ability to leverage themselves
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: jeffbhc001-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 22 Apr 2005 20:15 PDT
Expires: 22 May 2005 20:15 PDT
Question ID: 512957
Someone (I think it was a magician) said that Blue Man Group was
able to do what they (the magician) couldn?t ? develop a show with
actors, but that didn?t depend on specific actors.  The Blue Man Group
is leveragable. The magician must be in every show.  The cast of the
Blue Man Group is huge.

I need this by Sunday the 24th at noon eastern time zone.
Subject: Re: What entertainer envyed Blue Man Group's ability to leverage themselves
Answered By: googlenut-ga on 23 Apr 2005 14:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello jeffbhc001-ga,

I believe you are referring to a statement made by Penn Jilette of the
comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller.

A reference to this quote can be found in an article in Fortune Small
Business Magazine.
Brand Blue By Rob Walker
March 2003,15114,426909,00.html
?Their first real breakthrough didn't come until several years later,
when they belatedly saw the wisdom of advice they received from noted
business philosopher Penn Jilette, half of the irreverent Penn &
Teller comedy-magic duo.

"He saw the show in, like, the first month," says Goldman, who has a
recurring grin that suggests he just got away with something. Jilette
is a big man, and to recreate the moment, Goldman stands and looms
over me, waving his hands. "He said, 'Oh, my God! You guys can do what
Teller and I can never do! You can clone yourselves!' And we said,
'No, you don't get it, we're more like a band.' I actually thought he
was, like ..." he searches momentarily and finally settles on, "a

So they continued on, three friends, doing their show. Six days a
week, three years without a break, more than 1,200 consecutive
performances. There was one understudy, to satisfy the group's
financial backers, but while he'd studied the show, he never so much
as rehearsed it. The three began to feel like prisoners of their
success. They weren't creating new material, just performing Tubes
over and over. Finally Stanton cut his hand one day while fooling
around with a router. The understudy stepped in--and it worked.?
News / Press
Fortune Small Business Magazine, March 1, 2003
Brand Blue By Rob Walker

I believe this is the information that you are looking for.  If it is
not, or if you have any questions, please let me know by using the
request for clarification feature prior to rating the answer.


Search strategy:

I searched using Google for:

blue man group

This lead me to the Blue Man Group website. I clicked on ?About Blue
Man Group? on the upper left side of the page.  I then clicked on
?press? under ?News & Featured Press? on the right side of the page. 
I then clicked on ?General Press?.  I skimmed through the articles
until I found something that fit your description.  The Fortune Small
Business article is the 5th item in the list.

I then searched using Google for:

fortune small business

This led me to the Fortune Small Business website.  I did a search for
?blue man?.  This article was the first one in the list.
jeffbhc001-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $7.00
This is exactly it!  Thanks!


Subject: Re: What entertainer envyed Blue Man Group's ability to leverage themselves
From: googlenut-ga on 23 Apr 2005 15:41 PDT

Thank you for the 5-star rating and the nice tip.  I'm glad I was able to help.


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