History Creator / PennAndTeller

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.
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.
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