OK, this headline from Itricks caught my eye: Magician Takes Robot Monkey On The Road
From the Clacton Gazette:
MAGICIAN Michael J Fitch will soon be monkeying around with a new partner in crime – created by the same man who designed Knight Rider’s talking car.
The magic man, of Great Tey, will be joined on stage by a £6,000 anamatronic monkey called Charlie.
The robotic device was created by Ron Palmer of California-based company Axtell Expressions, who also created KITT, the car in the 1980s television series Knight Rider.