Ed Sullivan's Watch
Sullivan watch.jpg
Gifted to him by Frank Sinatra, 1947


Ed Sullivan


Tiffany watch


Identifies potential popularity


Face/name blindness








Origin[edit | edit source]

Edward Vincent Sullivan was an American television personality, impresario, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Sullivan was a respected starmaker because of the number of performers who became household names after appearing on the show. He had a knack for identifying and promoting top talent and paid a great deal of money to secure that talent for his show. Many now household names were featured on the show, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, Fats Domino, Nat King Cole, and The Doors.

Effects[edit | edit source]

When a handshake is made with the hand wearing the watch, the wearer will have an instinctual flash of the recipient's potential popularity. Those with a high chance of hitting it big elicit a burst of brief euphoria. Note that the lasting power of that popularity is not certain, and "one-hit wonders" can occur just as likely.

The more "flashes" the wearer experiences, the worse their name and face recall becomes, to the point of not even recognizing their own reflection. This tends to progress into serious dementia in later life.

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