History Creator / PennAndTeller

27th Feb '18 8:56:16 PM nombretomado
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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Penn is, in his own words, "stupid tall" (6'6") and Teller is average height (5'9"). He explained this once by saying that "Teller and [[SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]] are normal. Penn Jillette and Music/PaulSimon are waving to each other from opposite ends of the Bell Curve."

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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Penn is, in his own words, "stupid tall" (6'6") and Teller is average height (5'9"). He explained this once by saying that "Teller and [[SimonAndGarfunkel [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]] are normal. Penn Jillette and Music/PaulSimon are waving to each other from opposite ends of the Bell Curve."
11th Feb '18 12:18:44 PM tyrekecorrea
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** ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'', in which they helped explain light optics (Teller got to say "SCIENCE!")

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** ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'', in which they helped explain light optics (Teller got to say "SCIENCE!")"SCIENCE!"[[note]] This was a bit of ventriloquism on Penn and Teller's part, as Penn did the actual speaking. [[/note]])
19th Jan '18 8:50:06 PM FordPrefect
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** Penn & Teller have done several deliberately over-the-top variations, such as the one where the number and suit of the card are revealed to be printed on Teller's eyeballs. They also, as habitual [[LampshadeHanging highlighters]] of the fraudulent nature of stage magic, have a favorite card (the three of clubs) to make their marks "randomly" select.

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** Penn & Teller have done several deliberately over-the-top variations, such as the one where the number and suit of the card are revealed to be [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lr7wcgDZ0j1qamsguo4_1280.jpg printed on Teller's eyeballs.eyeballs]][[note]]well, on opaque shells that slip over them[[/note]]. They also, as habitual [[LampshadeHanging highlighters]] of the fraudulent nature of stage magic, have a favorite card (the three of clubs) to make their marks "randomly" select.
14th Jan '18 10:36:30 AM CheeseDogX
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Added DiffLines:

** Of course, this is subverted any time he does an interview on his own. He actually has a rather nice speaking voice, and a lot deeper than you'd except from someone of his build.
1st Jan '18 11:16:36 AM nombretomado
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** In one TV special, when they were about to perform the Bullet Catch trick, they told an anecdote about how when HarryHoudini planned to attempt it, the magicians' guild sent him a letter imploring him not to try it, because it was too dangerous, and if anything went wrong it would be a horrible loss to the profession. Penn then reveals that the guild, when hearing they would attempt the trick, also sent a letter, reading, "Go for it."

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** In one TV special, when they were about to perform the Bullet Catch trick, they told an anecdote about how when HarryHoudini Creator/HarryHoudini planned to attempt it, the magicians' guild sent him a letter imploring him not to try it, because it was too dangerous, and if anything went wrong it would be a horrible loss to the profession. Penn then reveals that the guild, when hearing they would attempt the trick, also sent a letter, reading, "Go for it."
26th Dec '17 6:34:37 PM nombretomado
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** One of the ''Celebrity FearFactor'' episodes (as one contestant; Teller performed all the stunts while Penn stood around talking and [[TheGamblingAddict betting on the outcome]])

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** One of the ''Celebrity FearFactor'' Series/FearFactor'' episodes (as one contestant; Teller performed all the stunts while Penn stood around talking and [[TheGamblingAddict betting on the outcome]])



** On a celebrity edition of ''FearFactor''; Penn and Teller maintained their stage personas over the course of the competition, but after Teller completed the final stunt and Joe Rogan told him that he had taken the lead, a happy Teller pumped his fist and whispered, "Yes!" rather audibly.

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** On a celebrity edition of ''FearFactor''; ''Series/FearFactor''; Penn and Teller maintained their stage personas over the course of the competition, but after Teller completed the final stunt and Joe Rogan told him that he had taken the lead, a happy Teller pumped his fist and whispered, "Yes!" rather audibly.
31st Oct '17 4:02:04 PM Jhonny
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* BurningTheFlag: They burn an American flag wrapped in a copy of The Bill of Rights, as one of the tricks in their Las Vegas show. They do the trick to make a point about how Americans have the freedom to burn their own flag if they wish. Additionally, the Bill of Rights is unaffected by the conflagration symbolizing how it is unharmed. [[spoiler:No, they don't actually burn the flag. Teller has removed the flag before they ignite the flash paper. In one version, they follow up the trick with the explanation, where they burn a flag wrapped in the "Chinese Bill of Rights" -- [[TakeThat a clear plastic sheet]].]]

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* BurningTheFlag: They burn an American flag wrapped in a copy of The Bill of Rights, as one of the tricks in their Las Vegas show. They do the trick to make a point about how Americans have the freedom to burn their own flag if they wish. Additionally, the Bill of Rights is unaffected by the conflagration symbolizing how it is unharmed. [[spoiler:No, they don't actually burn the flag. Teller has removed the flag before they ignite the flash paper. In one version, they follow up the trick with the explanation, where they burn a flag wrapped in the "Chinese Bill of Rights" -- [[TakeThat a clear plastic sheet]].]]]] The trick is a minor plot point in one episode of Series/TheWestWing where the real life Penn & Teller perform it for the fictional President Bartlett
24th Oct '17 12:28:42 PM xcountryguy
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* BlackComedy: Used in several of their tricks. The "Water Tank" trick, where Penn attempts to do a card trick while Teller is supposedly holding his breath in a tank full of water, is a great example. In the fictional narrative of the trick, Penn botches the card trick and Teller drowns in the tank as a result, which is pretty horrifying. But the way the entire trick is put together around it, including Penn's various lines ("No, screw it, he's braindead"), the audience volunteers who just don't know ''what'' to make of the whole thing, Penn's mock eulogy for Teller (where he claims to be planning a solo tour to be entitled simply "Penn"), and especially the final punchline ([[spoiler: Penn reaches into the tank to turn Teller's limp body around, revealing the audience member's signed card ''inside Teller's face mask'' - "AND IS ''THAT'' YOUR CARD?"]]), is priceless.

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* BlackComedy: Used in several of their tricks. The "Water Tank" trick, where Penn attempts to do a card trick while Teller is supposedly holding his breath in a tank full of water, is a great example. In the fictional narrative of the trick, Penn botches the card trick and Teller drowns in the tank as a result, which is pretty horrifying. But the way the entire trick is put together around it, including Penn's various lines ("No, screw it, he's braindead"), the audience volunteers who just don't know ''what'' to make of the whole thing, Penn's mock eulogy for Teller (where he claims to be planning a solo tour to be entitled simply "Penn"), and especially the final punchline ([[spoiler: Penn ([[spoiler:Penn reaches into the tank to turn Teller's limp body around, revealing the audience member's signed card ''inside Teller's face mask'' - "AND IS ''THAT'' YOUR CARD?"]]), is priceless.



* BurningTheFlag: They burn an American flag wrapped in a copy of The Bill of Rights, as one of the tricks in their Las Vegas show. They do the trick to make a point about how Americans have the freedom to burn their own flag if they wish. Additionally, the Bill of Rights is unaffected by the conflagration symbolizing how it is unharmed. [[spoiler: No, they don't actually burn the flag. Teller has removed the flag before they ignite the flash paper. In one version, they follow up the trick with the explanation, where they burn a flag wrapped in the "Chinese Bill of Rights" -- [[TakeThat a clear plastic sheet]].]]

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* BurningTheFlag: They burn an American flag wrapped in a copy of The Bill of Rights, as one of the tricks in their Las Vegas show. They do the trick to make a point about how Americans have the freedom to burn their own flag if they wish. Additionally, the Bill of Rights is unaffected by the conflagration symbolizing how it is unharmed. [[spoiler: No, [[spoiler:No, they don't actually burn the flag. Teller has removed the flag before they ignite the flash paper. In one version, they follow up the trick with the explanation, where they burn a flag wrapped in the "Chinese Bill of Rights" -- [[TakeThat a clear plastic sheet]].]]
14th Oct '17 6:56:40 PM KingClark
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* TheSilentBob: Teller never says a word but Penn always knows what he's trying to communicate, because this is an aact.

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* TheSilentBob: Teller never says a word but Penn always knows what he's trying to communicate, because this is an aact.act.
7th Oct '17 6:50:59 AM Divra
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** The ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Day of the Dead", as Rebo & Zootie, the 23rd century's greatest comedy duo

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** The ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Day of the Dead", as Rebo & Zootie, Zooty, the 23rd century's greatest comedy duoduo.
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