Lightwire Theater from "Fake Off" is one of the teams competing in the truTV reality series. The group has eight members ranging in age from 19 to 45 years old. The group was previously one of the Top 48 acts in Season 7 of the NBC talent competition series "America's Got Talent" in summer 2012. The group performs an electroluminescent puppet show and is from New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Fake Off"

Lightwire Theater is a luminous puppet theater from New Orleans. Through their manipulation of electroluminescent wire — EL wire — they are able to tell stories with their own cast of unique and crazy characters.

Lightwire Theater started out in group leader Ian Carney's one-bedroom apartment in New York City. Ian would build his tiny EL wire creatures and test them out after dark in Central Park — much to the annoyance of the cops. Ian is the sole engineer of the Lightwire characters. He brought enough EL wire to the "Fake Off" stage to stretch over 16 football fields, plus enough tools to fill a hardware store. Originally designed for party hats and raves, EL wire can be extremely temperamental, losing its glow at any time. As Ian says, "No glow, no show."

Ian's wife, Eleanor, also performs in the group. They first met in ballet class at age 13, but it wasn't until much later that they fell in love and got married. Eleanor is the practical one, while Ian is the creative genius type. According to Ian, "Faking, is just about the coolest thing I've been a part of."

"America's Got Talent"

Lightwire Theater uses electro-luminescent wire to create characters. Rarely used in a theatrical setting, this technology creates characters designed to combine dance, puppetry and a glow-in-the-dark show. Group members range in age from 25 to 43. The theater runs on simple nine-volt batteries.




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