Penn & Teller: Fool Us (season 1)

{4.5/5} “We have to figure out how they did the trick seeing it once — and seeing it once from just the angle we have in the audience. We’re not watching monitors, we don’t have sneaky camera shots. We don’t have any information in advance. It’s just us sitting there. You come on and you fool us.”

Magicians perform in front of Penn & Teller as well as a studio audience. If Penn & Teller are fooled — in other words, if they don’t know how the trick was done — then the magician wins a trip to perform in Las Vegas. After several magicians perform, Penn & Teller take the stage themselves to show the audience something new.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us originally aired in 2011. It consists of 9 episodes.

I’ve been aware of Penn & Teller for some time (they had a cameo in Babylon 5, for example) but hadn’t seen much of them until recently.

This is a British show, and is hosted by Jonathan Ross (Friday Night with Jonathan Ross). Sometimes Penn & Teller are fooled and sometimes they’re not. But the acts are always entertaining. When Penn talks to the magician about how the act was done, he typically does so in a way that doesn’t reveal the trick to the audience.

Penn & Teller are master magicians, and are also quite funny. As part of their act, Teller is silent — this is part of the comedy. They have been performing in Las Vegas 6 nights a week since 2001. They’ve also been involved in other TV shows — I’m likely to review at least one more.

You’ll find lots of close up magic on the show, such as card tricks and balls under cups. You’ll also find some amazing levitation, intriguing mentalists, and surprising escapes. Each of the acts is worth watching, from a 14-year-old boy to a man in a dragon suit.

The show was created by Penn Jillette and Teller (Penn & Teller Tell a Lie) along with Peter Adam Golden (Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End) and Andrew Golder (Win Ben Stein’s Money).

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