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Future Voice Actor, or Sideshow Performer?

August 1, 2011

Believe it or not, I have not disappeared off the face of the earth.  I’m not going to make any excuses; well, maybe one.  I’ll go with I’ve been waiting for inspiration to post and let’s just say, I found it!

Maybe you’ve seen it already, but here at Ripley’s Times Square we’re always fascinated by amazing talents that make you stop and say “Whoa”. Or, “How does she do that?” This internet sensation is no exception, as the video’s star, Mel, recreates with jaw-dropping accuracy the sounds from a wider variety of animals than you might find in most zoos. This talent is especially unbelievable for someone like me who can barely whistle!   Check out her talents here.

Many of the wonders of the world that Robert Ripley showcased in his newspaper panel, books, television shows, and short movies were in fact people with rare and amazing talents, abilities, or physical characteristics. Many performers like Half Man Johnny Eck were able to make a living by using their unique nature or ability, and even created a lasting legacy through the exhibits we have at the Ripley’s Odditorium inNew York City.

Johnny Eck was one of Robert Ripley's amazing discoveries of unique people.

One would assume then that a person with as much voice-talent as Mel would have a pretty good shot at cashing in on her talent. Where do you think you are most likely to see Mel first: on the Ellen DeGeneres show performing her no-longer-hidden talent or in a Hollywood movie? A better question, which animal noise do you think she is most likely to do whenever she finds her way into the spotlight next?

Although very different from sword swallowing or being the world’s tallest man or woman, Mel’s kookaburra or American robin impressions are truly a believe it or not!

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