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Episode 0124

Air Date: August 8, 1968
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Mister Rogers arrives with a collection of balls in a large suitcase and describes them and the sports they are used in. After Picture Picture shares a film about people playing various sports using balls, Mister Rogers sings I Like You As You Are.

As Mister Rogers is pretending to play ball, Lady Aberlin stops by and asks to borrow a magic ball she might take to Joey Hollingsworth's dance performance at the castle. Unfortunately, Mister Rogers does not have one.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the search for a magic ball continues as Joey Hollingsworth describes one to Corney. Mr. Hollingsworth has seen a magic ball only once -- in a dream when he found one on "the other side of the rainbow." After talking with X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat, Lady Aberlin finally finds a magic ball when Grandpere's machine is able to produce one.

Inside the castle, Mr. Hollingsworth performs a variety of dances he has learned throughout his world travels. When the magic ball appears, Mr. Hollingsworth performs a dance with the ball before the ball dances by itself.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers clarifies that magic balls are just for make-believe. He suggests that playing games and "keeping your eye on the ball" can help in learning to read.


Mr. Hollingsworth dances with the magic ball to Everybody's Fancy.

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Joey Hollingsworth
Film: Diana Dean, George Boyle
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this series were provided by a grant from The Sears-Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1968 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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