Watch how Jim Henson made David Bowie spin crystal balls on the set of Labyrinth

For the fantasy cult classic Labyrinth, David Bowie played Jareth, the codpiece-sporting Goblin King. And throughout the film, Jareth is constantly twirling crystal balls just to show off how flamboyantly magical he is.

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The thing is, Bowie was never spinning those crystal balls. No, director Jim Henson had juggler Michael Moschen secreted away under Bowie's armpit, manipulating those mystical orbs completely blind. I am astounded by how amazing and awkward it would be to spend take after take hanging out under The Thin White Duke's underarms.

BONUS #1 - More Henson Awesomeness: Jim Henson improvising on the set of The Muppet Movie with Frank Oz and his earlier, trippier work.

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BONUS #2 - More Bowie Weirdness: The Italian Aladdin Sane army.

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[Via The Jim Henson Company]

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Celia the Vampire Slaying Vampire

I have a borderline unhealthy love for behind-the-scenes footage/info from The Labyrinth. Like did you know that baby Toby is played by Toby Froud, son of fantasy artist Brian Froud? And he now works in special effects (included some work on LotR).

Way to go, Michael! It's amazing that he did that without being able to see his hands and pressed against Bowie. Except I'd love to be pressed against Bowie at all times.