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Magic Piano Puts a Smile on Travelers’ Faces (video)

Amtrak knows that traveling during the holidays can be stressful, so they got very creative and brought a trick piano into Union Station in Chicago. The magical grand piano seems to respond in real time to the people walking by. Watch and I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face and may even make you laugh out loud.  It’s creativity at it’s best.

While some readers may be skeptical and think it’s fake, the technology used supports its validity. According to (Michigan News) “the man you don’t see is Andrew Blendermann, a human jukebox and veteran of Chicago’s piano bar scene. What is visible is a piano positioned in Union Station in Chicago adorned with holiday decorations and a sign on each side that reads: ‘Hello.’ Hidden in a nearby room was Blendermann in front of a keyboard wired to remotely control the public piano in real time.”

I love everything about this video, created by Rob Bliss. The wrong notes in Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca even made me chuckle, when people are running by in a hurry to catch their trains.

As a concert pianist, I wish I could play a duet with this piano. Who knows, maybe they’ll bring one to a San Francisco Bay Area station soon.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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1:19AM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

Thank you

5:01PM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Sweet video, thanks. There should be more pianos like this one around!

6:35PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

This was just grand.

10:57PM PDT on May 18, 2014

this was so uplifting and full of joy. We need more of this on care 2

4:32PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

This was a great video. It made me laugh over and over. And I loved all the creativity and happiness the piano brought out!

3:20AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

nice :)

11:29AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

so cute!

6:10AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

really great loved this sharing! such wonderful idea!

12:20PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

What a wonderful video! I loved it.

1:33AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Thank you :)

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