History Creator / PennAndTeller

17th Aug '17 1:57:19 AM PaulA
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* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: In a 2015 appearance ''Series/TheTonightShow'', Penn talked about realizing that although it's a cliché, neither he nor Teller had ever seen an actual rabbit produced out of an actual top hat during a live magic performance, only watered down versions like a fake rabbit being produced from a handkerchief with a top hat printed on it. While Penn spoke, Teller produced a fake rabbit from a handkerchief with a top hat printed on it, then a real live rabbit from a real top hat.
15th Aug '17 11:05:34 PM PaulA
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* HypocriticalHumor: They enjoy this. In on of his shows, shortly after voicing his dislike for camera tricks, Penn runs an entire credit scenes with shoddy jump cuts of them making their cast and crew (including a cameraman and his camera) appear and disappear [[BlatantLies verifying that no camera tricks were used.]]

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* HonorBeforeReason: A story element in the "Water Tank" trick; after the trick starts apparently going wrong, Penn tries to call it off and let Teller out of the tank, but Teller insists on continuing before he gave his word not to come out until the trick is finished. During his mock eulogy, Penn says that you have to respect a man prepared to die for what he believes in, even if the thing he believes in is just a dumb card trick.
* HypocriticalHumor: They enjoy this. In on one of his shows, shortly after voicing his dislike for camera tricks, Penn runs an entire credit scenes with shoddy jump cuts of them making their cast and crew (including a cameraman and his camera) appear and disappear [[BlatantLies verifying that no camera tricks were used.]]
11th Aug '17 8:54:44 AM PaulA
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!!Tropes for ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled'', ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'', ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' and ''Series/PennAndTellerTellALie'' go on their respective pages. Otherwise, Penn & Teller and their work provide examples of:

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!!Tropes for ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled'', ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'', ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' and ''Series/PennAndTellerTellALie'' go on !!Works by Penn & Teller with their respective pages. Otherwise, own pages:

* ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled''
* ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors''
* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit''
* ''Series/PennAndTellerTellALie''
* ''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs''

!!Otherwise,
Penn & Teller and their work provide examples of:
11th Aug '17 8:32:56 AM PaulA
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* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: A lot of the acts that appear on ''Fool Us'' regard doing exactly that - fooling Penn & Teller with their routines - as this trope, and flat out admit that since the duo have been in the business for so long, the odds of pulling it off are very slim.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the second series of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, in addition to the main prize of a slot to open for P&T, successful contestants are also given a "Fool Us" trophy - but with the 'ool' and 's' [[DyingDeclarationOfHate much much smaller than the other letters]].



* SoreLoser:
** On one episode of ''Fool Us'' Penn was seething when Kostya Kimlat performed a card trick so well it managed to fool him [[spoiler: and Teller as well]]. He wouldn't have been so mad... had the duo not performed the same trick on the ''Today'' show two months before.
** Again with [[spoiler:Shawn Farquhar in season 3.]] Like above, Penn wouldn't have been so mad... [[spoiler:had Farquhar not ''already'' fooled them a few years ago in season 1 (UK).]]
-->'''Penn:''' You. Rat. Bastard.



** In an episode of ''Pen & Teller: Fool Us'', host Jonathan Ross asked the duel if they were nervous about the other magicians, and Teller responded with "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]] no!" Which of course was bleeped, so the TV audience couldn't hear it.
6th Aug '17 9:18:12 PM bombadil211
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* '''', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.

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* '''', ''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs'', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.
6th Aug '17 9:17:43 PM bombadil211
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* ''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs'', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.

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* ''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs'', '''', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.
6th Aug '17 9:05:26 PM bombadil211
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6th Aug '17 9:05:09 PM bombadil211
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* ''Penn & Teller: Fool Us'', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.

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* ''Penn & Teller: Fool Us'', ''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs'', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.
14th Jul '17 1:28:58 PM YuushaFan
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* ''Penn & Teller: Fool Us'', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan.

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* ''Penn & Teller: Fool Us'', a 2011 ITV series, hosted by Creator/JonathanRoss, where a variety of magicians attempt to fool Penn and Teller with tricks of their own. Those who succeed get to perform on their stage in Las Vegas. Though canceled by ITV in 2012, the CW in the United States reran the ITV episodes in 2014 and, finding success, commissioned a second season that began airing in 2015. A third season premiered on July 13th, 2016, now hosted by Creator/AlysonHannigan.Creator/AlysonHannigan, who continues to host the show to this day.
11th Jul '17 10:59:55 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ButtMonkey: Teller is most often the one put in the "dangerous" situations and the one who has the bulk of the acting duty.
** [[TheVoiceless Well, It's not like he can say 'No'...]]

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* ButtMonkey: Teller is most often the one put in the "dangerous" situations and the one who has the bulk of the acting duty.
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duty. [[TheVoiceless Well, It's not like he can say 'No'...]]



* HiddenDepths: Because Teller is mute and the ButtMonkey, often a lot of magic skills aren't called out or noticed - it can even seem like he's a different take on a beauty assistant that other magicians have. (Assistants are also trained and an important part of their acts while trying to look like they're not.) But he is in fact a very talented magician in a great deal many magical disciplines. Penn has stated on multiple occasions that Teller is a much better magician than he is.
* HypocriticalHumor: They enjoy this. In on of his shows, shortly after voicing his dislike for camera tricks, Penn run an entire credit scenes with shoddy jump cuts of them making their cast and crew (including a cameraman and his camera) appear and disappear [[BlatantLies verifying that no camera tricks were used.]]

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* HiddenDepths: Because Teller is mute and the ButtMonkey, often a lot of magic skills aren't called out or noticed - it can even seem like he's a different take on a beauty assistant that other magicians have. (Assistants are also trained and an important part of their acts while trying to look like they're not.) But he is in fact a very talented magician in a great deal many of magical disciplines. Penn has stated on multiple occasions that Teller is a much better magician than he is.
* HypocriticalHumor: They enjoy this. In on of his shows, shortly after voicing his dislike for camera tricks, Penn run runs an entire credit scenes with shoddy jump cuts of them making their cast and crew (including a cameraman and his camera) appear and disappear [[BlatantLies verifying that no camera tricks were used.]]



* OhMyGods: One of Penn's exclamations is "Jesus haploid Christ!", referring to the fact that since Jesus had a biological mother but no biological father, he would only have half of the normal set of chromosomes. (Note that Penn is most decidedly ''not'' Christian.)
** Which also counts as ArtisticLicenseBiology, because ''if'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenogenesis#Mammals parthenogenesis]] (virgin birth) works in humans[[note]] Several animals, including bees and some types of lizard, are able to produce offspring from unfertilized eggs; theoretically this ''could'' be possible in humans, but it has never been observed in anything approaching a scientific study [[/note]], this is ''not'' how it would work. And it could never produce male offspring as women have two X chromosomes whereas men have an X and Y
* OnlyOneName: Teller. His parents gave him the usual number (he was born Raymond Joseph Teller), but he did actually change it at some point -- all of his official documents, including his passport, identify him only as Teller. He likes to joke that it's "like the bank clerk."

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* OhMyGods: One of Penn's exclamations is "Jesus haploid Christ!", referring to the fact that since Jesus had a biological mother but no biological father, he would only have half of the normal set of chromosomes. (Note that Penn is most decidedly ''not'' Christian.)
** Which
} It also counts as ArtisticLicenseBiology, because ''if'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenogenesis#Mammals parthenogenesis]] (virgin birth) works in humans[[note]] Several animals, including bees and some types of lizard, are able to produce offspring from unfertilized eggs; theoretically this ''could'' be possible in humans, but it has never been observed in anything approaching a scientific study [[/note]], this is ''not'' how it would work. And work and it could never produce male offspring as women have two X chromosomes whereas men have an X and Y
* OnlyOneName: Teller. His parents gave him the usual number (he was born Raymond Joseph Teller), but he did actually change changed it at some point -- all of his official documents, including his passport, identify him only as Teller. He likes to joke that it's "like the bank clerk."



* PickACard: 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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* PickACard: PickACard:
**
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.



* TheReveal: They're widely known as the magicians who actually show everyone how their tricks are ''really'' done, and for the most part they do[[note]]though in respect of intellectual property, they only reveal tricks they have developed themselves specifically to be revealed, or very old and simple tricks or elements of tricks such as the card force, cups-and-balls trick, and methods of sleight-of-hand or misdirection that can be found in any beginner's how-to book[[/note]]...
** TheUnreveal: ...only to introduce more complicated and impressive elements or variations, ''none'' of which they explain in advance. They are ''magicians'', after all. Their rendition of the Cups and Balls trick (possibly as old as ancient Egypt, you can find it in nearly every magic kit) with clear plastic cups is so smooth that at full speed you ''still'' can't see well how it's done without repeated study.

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* TheReveal: They're widely known as the magicians who actually show everyone how their tricks are ''really'' done, and for the most part they do[[note]]though in respect of intellectual property, they only reveal tricks they have developed themselves specifically to be revealed, or very old and simple tricks or elements of tricks such as the card force, cups-and-balls trick, and methods of sleight-of-hand or misdirection that can be found in any beginner's how-to book[[/note]]...
** TheUnreveal: ...
book[[/note]]... [[TheUnreveal ...only to introduce more complicated and impressive elements or variations, variations]], ''none'' of which they explain in advance. They are ''magicians'', after all. Their rendition of the Cups and Balls trick (possibly as old as ancient Egypt, you can find it in nearly every magic kit) with clear plastic cups is so smooth that at full speed you ''still'' can't see well how it's done without repeated study.



* SelfDeprecation: They're rather fond of it. Most notably, Penn has always been extremely vocal about Teller being the better magician of the duo, a compliment Teller receives gracefully. Teller, for his part, has said on multiple occasions that he believes Penn is the better showman.

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* SelfDeprecation: SelfDeprecation:
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They're rather fond of it. Most notably, Penn has always been extremely vocal about Teller being the better magician of the duo, a compliment Teller receives gracefully. Teller, for his part, has said on multiple occasions that he believes Penn is the better showman.



* TheSilentBob: Teller
* SilentPartner: [[RunningGag Teller]]
* SilentSnarker: [[RuleOfThree Teller]]
* SoreLoser: On one episode of ''Fool Us'' Penn was seething when Kostya Kimlat performed a card trick so well it managed to fool him [[spoiler: and Teller as well]]. He wouldn't have been so mad... had the duo not performed the same trick on the ''Today'' show two months before.
** And again with [[spoiler:Shawn Farquhar in season 3.]] Like above, Penn wouldn't have been so mad... [[spoiler:had Farquhar not ''already'' fooled them a few years ago in season 1 (UK).]]

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* TheSilentBob: Teller
Teller never says a word but Penn always knows what he's trying to communicate, because this is an aact.
* SilentPartner: [[RunningGag Teller]]
Teller never talks but Penn is verbose enough for both of them.
* SilentSnarker: [[RuleOfThree Teller]]
Teller is expressive with his face and body language.
* SoreLoser: SoreLoser:
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On one episode of ''Fool Us'' Penn was seething when Kostya Kimlat performed a card trick so well it managed to fool him [[spoiler: and Teller as well]]. He wouldn't have been so mad... had the duo not performed the same trick on the ''Today'' show two months before.
** And again Again with [[spoiler:Shawn Farquhar in season 3.]] Like above, Penn wouldn't have been so mad... [[spoiler:had Farquhar not ''already'' fooled them a few years ago in season 1 (UK).]]



* StageMagician: Penn & Teller

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* StageMagician: Penn & TellerTeller like to point out how they are basically distracting the audience from the inner workings of their act, and then show them how the magic happens.



* SuddenlyVoiced: Well, Teller talks about the magic on the linking rings on an episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsNqOYY4Jeg Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour]].

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* SuddenlyVoiced: Well, Teller talks about the magic on the linking rings on an episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsNqOYY4Jeg Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour]].
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