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Penn & Teller: Fool Us is a magic competition show that first ran on ITV before being picked up by The CW. It was hosted by Jonathan Ross (seasons 1 & 2) and Alyson Hannigan (seasons 3-5).

The show's premise is simple: magicians come onto the show and perform a trick in front of the eponymous duo. Penn & Teller then have to figure out how the trick was performed. If they are fooled, the magician then gets to perform their act as an opener to Penn & Teller's long-running Las Vegas stage show.

Each episode ends with Penn and Teller themselves performing a trick for the audience.


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This series contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Pickpocket: Ben Seidman's routine revolves around an encounter with one.
  • All There in the Manual: There is a behind-the-scenes team who knows how each featured trick is performed and act as the final judge as to whether or not Penn & Teller have come to the right conclusion.
  • Ass Shove: Implied. Vinny Grosso's first appearance had him do a card trick nude. After the cards are knocked off of the edge of the screen that covered his naughty bits, he takes out a fresh pack of cards...wrapped in a plastic glove.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Mike Super. In his intro, he "admits" that it's actually a stage name and his real name is "Johnny von Awesome".
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • When introducing himself, Piff the Magic Dragon remarks that the audience may be more familiar with his older brother... Steve.
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    • After watching Nick Einhorn's act, Penn says that to a lay audience it must have seemed remarkable, but to experienced magicians like himself and Teller, with all their combined knowledge... it's completely inexplicable.
  • Bait-and-Switch: A common technique of magic called misdirection, many magicians take it one step further and use known tricks but do them in novel ways in an attempt to fool Penn and Teller by making them look for the wrong method.
    • Kostya Kimlat uses this in his act. He uses a well-known trick that Penn and Teller themselves used on the Today Show just a few months before his appearance on the show. He knows that Penn and Teller know every method for doing the trick (of which there are several). To solve this problem, he simply invents yet another novel method for doing the trick, much more technically difficult than almost all of the standard methods, that Penn and Teller have never seen before, and then does the trick in such a way to sequentially prove that he isn't using any known method of doing the trick. At the end of the act, Penn asks to see the cards (in order to check if they are marked), to which Kimlat readily agrees, disproving the last possible known method.
    • Shawn Farquhar's second appearance makes use of this. He pretends to do a "memory trick", claiming to have "memorized" an entire Sherlock Holmes novel that he gives to the host (Alyson) to read. Standing back to back with her, he pulls out another copy of the book, along with a pair of reading glasses, and then "reads" from that book in order to answer Allison's questions. It seems like it is just a gag, but then at the end, he turns around and reveals the book he was reading was blank the whole time, and that there aren't even any lenses in his "reading glasses".
    • Piff the Magic Dragon has an audience member pick a card (the Jack of Spades), then sign it. He claims to have made a prediction before the show about what card the audience member picked. He has them reveal the card he predicted she would pick before the show... and it was the nine of hearts. "So, she picked wrong." He then transforms the signed card into a nine of hearts to make his prediction "true".
  • Beggar with a Signboard: Piff the Magic Dragon's intro video includes a shot of him levitating his canine sidekick in the street behind a carboard sign reading "World's First Levitating Chihuahua — Will Float For Food".
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Jorge Blass's act involves a story about a prince who is turned into a frog by a wicked witch.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Swedish magician Axel Adler offers to explain exactly how his routine was done — in Swedish, which is not subtitled or otherwise translated.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Played with in the "Teller's Salute to Recycling" routine, which Penn and Teller perform at the end of one episode. At the climax of the routine, Teller pretends to drop an innocent rabbit into a wood chipper, producing a fountain of fur but no blood. And of course the rabbit is then produced, alive and well... only for Teller to "accidentally" drop it into the wood chipper again, this time resulting in a spray of red liquid that gets Teller right in the face.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Inverted when Andi Gladwin attempts to divine what occupation an audience volunteer is thinking of: "Chicken farmer? ... Just a farmer? ... Just a chicken?"
  • Brick Joke: Mac King begins by announcing that he's trying out a new trick, which means he needs a guinea pig, and calls up an audience volunteer. At the end of the act, he makes an actual guinea pig appear out of nowhere.
  • Briefcase Full of Money:
    • Mark Shortland's intro video, setting up his act by talking about how lucky he is, includes him finding a briefcase full of money abandoned in the street.
    • Used as a prop in Brian Brushwood's version of the classic vanishing-and-reappearing dollar bill bit.
  • Brig Ball Bouncing: The intro video for Aiden Sinclair, who was a conman and did time before deciding to straighten up and use his deceptive powers for good, has a shot of him re-enacting the Brig Ball Bouncing scene from The Great Escape.
  • Bring It: The title sequence ends with Penn and Teller standing in front of the title card doing "bring it" gestures.
  • British Teeth: Mentioned by Jonathan as part of an opening monologue after the move to Vegas, as part of a joke about the differences between the UK and the US.
  • Bullet Catch: Penn and Teller do their "Magic Bullet" routine, in which they apparently catch bullets in their teeth, at the end of one episode.
  • Call-Back: When he returns for his second attempt to fool Penn and Teller, Shawn Farquahar remarks that the phrase "deja vu" comes to mind, calling back to a joke he made on his first appearance.
  • The Cameo:
    • One episode in the first season includes an act by Martin Daniels, son of the English celebrity magician Paul Daniels, who makes a surprise guest appearance in the act.
    • The act by father and daughter team David and Claire Garrard features a surprise guest appearance (which is a surprise even to Penn and Teller) by Penn's own daughter, Moxie.
    • Louie Anderson appears in the role of audience volunteer for an act in the fourth season. In a later episode, Ralphie May does likewise.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Sergio Starman's act involves a character, implied to have had an unhappy break-up, trying to throw away his wedding ring, only for it to keep reappearing. He also screws up and disposes of his wife's photo, and it keeps reappearing too.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Generally avoided, with one or two complete acts in each program segment. However, when Penn & Teller do their water tank finale (which runs around ten minutes and can't be edited down without losing the effect) at the end of the first season, there's a commercial break at the point where Penn realizes the trick has gone horribly wrong.
  • Creepy Doll: The centerpiece of Aiden Sinclair's spiritualism-themed act is a doll that's supposedly possessed by a former owner who died violently, and which moves apparently by itself at one point in the act.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Because Penn & Teller don't want to reveal how other magicians perform their tricks, Penn will often speak in a combination of magic terminology, clues, and insinuations with the performers often responding in kind. For most fans and viewers, the only thing understandable about those conversations is when they end with "Fooled" or "Not fooled".
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: 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.
  • Don't Try This at Home:
    • Jonathan makes the disclaimer after Teller does his needle-swallowing routine at the end of one episode, and before Penn and Teller do their "Magic Bullet" routine at the end of another says that viewers should not try to replicate it at home "or anywhere else".
    • Following Matthew Holtzclaw's act, in which he apparently threads a piece of string into his mouth and out through an eye socket, Jonathan remarks that it calls for a "don't try this at home" but he can't imagine why anybody would want to.
    • Manuel Martinez, during a routine involving staple guns: "Kids, if you're out there, don't try this until you get home."
    • Matthew Laslo prefaces his version of the bullet catch trick with the warning: "Like all guns, these can be very dangerous, so please do not try what I'm about to attempt at home. Go to your friend's house."
    • Jon Allen, doing an act involving the risk of impaling his hand on a metal spike, gives an entirely straight Don't Try This At Home warning (but follows it up with an Our Lawyers Advised This Trope joke instead).
    • Escape artist Matt Johnson makes the disclaimer before doing his routine, which involves being locked inside a box full of water.
  • Dragons Prefer Princesses: Piff the Magic Dragon claims that the two things dragons really love are card tricks and kidnapping princesses.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Dyno Staats's Steam Punk themed act has a running gag where every time he says "science" — or, rather, "SCIENCE!" — there's a dramatic flash of artificial lightning/Tesla coils. (Penn does it a couple of times too during his after-act commentary, just for the fun of it.)
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Sergio Starman's act involves a man trying to drown his sorrows with a bottle of whiskey, but never actually getting to drink because of the whiskey disappearing from his glass, the bottle levitating, and other mysterious occurrences.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The conclusion of the Dracula themed act Penn and Teller do at the end of one episode.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • In the first season, the backdrop of the opening titles shows a London skyline on the right and a Vegas skyline on the left, reflecting the premise that it's a competition being held in London for a chance to perform in Vegas. From the second season, where the competition is held in Vegas itself at the Rio Hotel, the London skyline is replaced with more Vegas skyline, with the Rio prominently featured.
    • For the fourth season, the live-action elements of the opening sequence were reshot to update Penn's and Teller's looks (particularly Penn, who had lost a lot of weight and made a major hairstyle change since the show started).
  • Failed a Spot Check: There are times when the performance is so entertaining that Penn and Teller will enjoy the work too much and not stay vigilant on keeping their eyes peeled for every trick done.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • While Penn and Teller are discussing Manuel Martinez's act, Jonathan asks Martinez if he thinks they've been successfully fooled. Martinez remarks that they're pretty smart, to which Jonathan responds that one of them is. Penn flips him the bird without pausing in his conversation with Teller.
    • In one episode, the magician on stage specifically prompts Teller for a verbal response. Instead, he's greeted with this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Beginning in the second series, 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' much much smaller than the other letters. Explicitly pointed out by Penn in the opener of Season 4 to a blind contestant that fooled the duo: "I just want to make it very clear to you, Richard, that it says 'FUCK YOU', from the bottom of our hearts."
  • Graceful Loser:
    • A majority of the contestants who fail to fool the masters accept the defeat well, and usually are grateful for the honor of even being on the show.
    • For the most part, unless the magician really irks the pair, Penn and Teller will accept when their one good guess has missed the mark and got fooled by the magician without any consternation.
  • Helium Speech: At the end of one episode, Penn and Teller do an act in which Teller escapes from an enormous trash bag full of helium. After pumping the helium into the bag, Penn asks if he's doing okay in there and receives a squeaky response.
  • Home Game: The Penn & Teller Fool Everyone Magic Kit for ages eight and up.
  • Honor Before Reason: Part of the joke of Penn & Teller's water tank finale, which they perform at the end of the first season, is that Teller could get out of the tank any time but has given his word not to until Penn has finished his part of the trick. When the trick goes wrong, Penn tries to call it off and let Teller out but Teller refuses and insists he continue. Penn remarks that you have to admire a man willing to die for a principle he believes in, even if it is just an insignificant card trick.
  • I Know You Know I Know:
    • In Shawn Farquhar's second appearance, a "memory trick" where Farquhar pretends to read lines from a blank Sherlock Holmes book to answer questions about it, Penn notes that Farquhar clearly was leading the audience to believe that there had been a book switch, because it was the obvious way of doing the trick. But he knew that Farquhar knew that was the obvious way of doing the trick, and therefore, he wouldn't do the trick that way, because it was too obvious, and thus wouldn't fool Penn and Teller. He even hypothesized that Farquhar might even have another book hidden away on his person somewhere, but it was blank, too. (Farquhar later admitted that he did not, but he did have a sign secreted on his person that said "NOPE!") He then went on to guess it actually was a memory trick, but that Farquhar had been using some tricks to force particular pages that he had memorized sections of. He was wrong; Farquhar used yet another different technique.
    • Kostya Kimlat performs a famous trick that Penn and Teller had themselves performed. Kimlat knew they knew every method for doing the trick. To the audience, his trick is normal, but every step of his trick is actually done in a specific way to disprove each and every known method of doing the trick. Because Penn and Teller are looking for the known ways of doing the trick, they miss his novel method for doing the trick, which is much more technically difficult than every other way of doing the trick.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Liberty Larsen begins her act by talking about how uncomfortable she is lying to people, even though that's a major handicap for an illusionist, and solemnly promises that she will tell nothing but the truth during her act — and immediately follows it up by announcing that she has a time machine.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Sean-Paul & Juliane's act features a trained monkey who communicates by pressing buttons that illuminate a green light for "yes" and a red light for "no", and has a running gag that the monkey keeps undercutting Sean-Paul's patter by pressing the red button whenever he tells a lie. At one point, after a particularly flagrant and self-aggrandizing lie, Juliane leans over and presses the red button herself.
  • Invisible Holes: On their second appearance, Young & Strange do a version of the trick where the assistant gets into a box that has swords thrust through it by the magician. After Young emerges apparently unscathed from the box, he takes a drink and streams of water spring out from his torso.
  • Jewish Mother: During his act, Ben Seidman remarks that what it means to be a non-observant Jew is that your mother still nags you, but when you pray for her to shut up nothing happens.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: At the end of one episode, Penn and Teller perform a comedic deconstructed knife-throwing act that is blatantly phony from start to finish, complete with an equally phony explanation of how the trick is "really" done.
  • Laser Sight: When Penn and Teller do their catching-bullets-in-their-teeth routine at the end of an episode, they use revolvers fitted with laser sights as a way of increasing the drama and showing the audience that they're aiming at each others' mouths. Penn lampshades the fact that a laser sight on a revolver has no practical value.
  • Latex Perfection: Chris Dugdale's trick involves him disguised as a bald African-American man with a full-head silicone mask and gloves and sunglasses, posing as a "random audience member."
  • Left It In: The intro video for the first appearance by the duo Young & Strange has a gag where Strange admits that he hasn't even finished building their props yet, let alone practiced with them, and Young asks the cameraman if that bit can be cut out.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Penn and Teller and the host wear the same outfits in every episode of a given season, to allow the producers to rearrange the acts as necessary so that the winning acts are spread out over the season and so that there's not, for instance, an episode consisting entirely of Pick a Card routines.
  • Masked Luchador: The stage persona of The Shocker (a magician who also does a less rowdy kind of act using his own face and name).
  • Monkeys on a Typewriter: The premise of Sean-Paul & Juliane's act, which features a trained monkey named Frankie, is that if it's possible for a monkey at a typewriter to randomly type out a bit of Shakespeare, it's just as possible for the monkey to type out a number randomly chosen by the audience.
  • Monochrome Past: The intro video for the duo Morgan & West, whose gimmick is that they're time-displaced Victorian gentlemen, includes sections in the style of a scratchy old silent movie.
  • Multilayer Façade: At the beginning of his act, The Shocker removes his luchador mask to reveal... another mask.
  • My Card:
    • Graham Jolley begins his Pick a Card routine by offering Penn his business card.
    • Used by Etienne Pradier as part of his Pick a Card routine; when he produces his card out of his wallet, it's the same card Teller selected and signed earlier.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Vinny Grasso takes the "nothing up my sleeve" bit to its logical conclusion, and performs his trick in the nude (with a screen covering his sensitive bits). Many jokes are made of this, both by Vinny and by Allyson. Penn & Teller thought that he was using the nudity as an excuse to have the screen, which hid the method he used to perform the trick, though this turned out not to be the case.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Magicians who call Teller up as an audience volunteer are often unable to resist making a joke like "Pick a card, but don't say what it is yet", which always gets an exaggeratedly weary facial expression from Teller.
  • Never My Fault: Piff the Magic Dragon has an audience member pick a card, then sign it. Piff then says he made a prediction before the show about what card the audience member would pick. He has them reveal the card he picked... and it is a different card.
    "So basically, she picked wrong."
  • Once for Yes, Twice for No: During Dyno Staats's act, he gets around Teller's voicelessness by giving him a horn and this instruction.
  • On Three: During Jon Allen's act, when he needs to catch the audience volunteer by surprise, he implies he's going to make his next move on a count of three, but actually moves on "one".
  • Open Sesame: In his intro video, David Regal makes a door open by saying "Open Sesame".
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: Jon Allen precedes his act, which involves the possibility of impaling his hand on a metal spike, with an announcement that for legal reasons he's required to state that should anything go wrong and injury result the fault lies solely and entirely with the audience volunteer.
  • Pick a Card:
    • Lampshaded by card manipulator Michael Vincent on his second appearance, saying his trick "begins the same way as every card trick: pick a card".
    • Jonathan Burns' act, which involves card tricks reimagined to use individually-wrapped cheese slices, begins with a spoof version of this trick; at the end, when he pulls one cheese slice out of the stack of identical cheese slices, he doesn't even bother to ask whether it's the same one the audience volunteer chose earlier, and pretends surprise when the volunteer dutifully asserts that it is.
    • Penn and Teller revive one of their old acts, The World's Most Extravagant Card Trick, for the end of one episode (with a few updates: for instance, when they first did it they made a big deal about it requiring a room full of computing power, but this time Penn notes that the room full of computers is just to be extravagant and really Teller could do his bit with an iPhone app).
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Mike Bliss does an act where he's tied up in preparation to make a dramatic escape, but while he's explaining how the dramatic escape is going to work he keeps casually slipping one hand or the other out of the ropes so he can make an illustrative gesture. By the time he actually does the escape, it's obvious he could have been free any time. (Or, perhaps, only when it was funny.)
  • Saw a Woman in Half:
    • The first episode filmed of the series closes with Penn and Teller doing their famous variation of the trick, with the giant power saw and the safety features that Teller absent-mindedly disables just as Penn is about to demonstrate that the woman in the box is in no real danger.
    • The first episode also features one of the contestants, James More, doing an inversion of the trick, based on the same principles but instead of the person in the box being separated into two halves they're compressed into an impossibly short space.
    • In the opening monologue of one episode, Jonathan remarks that the tension backstage is so thick you could cut it with a knife, or perhaps saw it in half and then stick it back together.
    • In season 4, David Caserta performs a version with two notable variations from the standard. One is that he cuts himself in half. The other is that instead of a wooden box, the trick is performed while he stands in an open-sided metal scaffold. It's still a safe bet that his detached lower half is a dummy, but it's a lot harder to figure out where his real lower half has gone.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Jokingly used by Jonathan while introducing Peter Boie's spiritualism-inspired act.
  • Self-Deprecation: In one of his opening monologues, Jonathan refers to Penn and Teller as "Grumpy and Bashful" — and himself as "Dopey".
  • Separated by a Common Language: After the show's move to the US, one of Jonathan's opening monologues is about having been asked to adjust his language for the new audience.
  • Shaped Like Itself: In one of Alyson's episode openings, she introduces "the Penn and Teller of magic: Penn and Teller".
  • Shout-Out:
    • Alyson Hannigan's first episode as host includes references to her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Pie.
    • The intro video for Dyno Staats, Steam Punk Science Magician, shows him getting out of a DeLorean, and during his act he refers to "kyber and dilithium energies".
    • The intro video for Aiden Sinclair, who was a conman and did time before deciding to straighten up and use his deceptive powers for good, has a shot of him re-enacting the Brig Ball Bouncing scene from The Great Escape.
    • Glenn Morphew's act is a new version of a classic teleporting-object trick with patter claiming that it's all done with quantum physics and wormholes and such. At the beginning of the act, he claims he developed it after reading the work of the noted physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
    • At the end of one episode, Penn and Teller perform an act based around the theme of password security. When they call up the audience volunteer, Penn announces that they're not going to ask her for any personal information like her name, in case that gives someone an opening to hack into one of her accounts, so instead for the rest of the act he addresses her as "Edward Snowden".
    • During the same act, Penn mentions the meme of creating your porn star name by putting together your first pet and the street you lived on as a childnote  and claims that when he was a child he had a kitten named Ron and lived on Jeremy Street.
  • Skunk Stripe: Dyno Staats.
  • Sore Loser:
    • On one episode Penn was seething when Kostya Kimlat performed a card trick so well it managed to fool him 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 Shawn Farquhar in season 3. Like above, Penn wouldn't have been so mad... had Farquhar not already fooled them a few years ago in season 1 (UK).
    Penn: You. Rat. Bastard.
  • Spoon Bending: Norman Ng's act involves bending a fork in the traditional manner — while simultaneously causing a drawing of a fork to transform into a drawing of a bent fork.
  • Steam Punk: Dyno Staats's stage persona is a steampunk scientist who achieves magical effects with SCIENCE!
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In one introductory bit, Jonathan tells the audience they will see performers "illuminate, cogitate, levitate, and master... the art of illusion".
  • Take a Third Option: Kostya Kimlat uses a well-known trick that Penn and Teller had actually themselves performed on the Today Show. There are a number of ways of doing the trick, and Kostya knew that Penn and Teller knew all the ways of doing the trick. As such, he then proceeded to do the trick using yet another different method that he himself had recently perfected that Penn and Teller hadn't seen before. To the audience, it was a normal card trick, but to Penn and Teller, every stage of the trick was deliberately done in such a way as to disprove that the trick was done using every other method of doing the trick.
  • Take That!: During Andi Gladwin's act, which is performed from inside an enormous balloon, he notes, "I'm strangely orange, my hair's a mess, and I'm full of hot air", and then claims to be doing an impression of Donald Trump.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That:
    • Yan Markson does a comedy magic routine in which he is supposedly doing his trick for the first time, following pre-recorded instructions. At the point where the trick starts to go wrong, he asks the recording to confirm the instruction it just gave him, and it does. A few seconds later, it also helpfully points out that he's doing it wrong.
    • When Matieu Bich fooled Penn and Teller with his trick "Spreadwave" he brought the cards in a little box. Penn immediately commented that there had to be something more than a single deck of cards in the box... whereupon Bich opened the box and showed him a completely empty box with the word "NO" painted inside.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: Mac King's act involves a guinea pig named Colonel Sanders. Near the end of the act, he poses the question on behalf of the audience: Why "Colonel Sanders"? He then pretends to swallow the guinea pig whole, and remarks that it tastes like chicken.
  • Technicolor Science: In Kayla Drescher's intro video, when she's talking about her day job as an environmental scientist, this is represented visually by her messing around with lab flasks full of colorful liquids.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The duo Young & Strange, whose stage persona is that they aren't very good and don't like each other much.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • Discussing Mike Bliss's escapology routines, Penn mentions that he knows a lot about tying people up, then hastily and emphatically clarifies that he means in the context of learning to spot gimmicks and frauds.
    • During a performance with Penn and Allison as the participants helping the magician, the magician asks Penn for to pick a cup filled with packets of tea. Then the magician has Penn offer that selected cup to Allison so she may choose one of those random bags. Penn looks at her and asks, "Want my teabag?"
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • In one episode, Jonathan Ross asked the duo if they were nervous about the other magicians, and Teller responded with "Fuck no!" Which of course was bleeped, so the TV audience couldn't hear it.
    • At the end of one episode, Penn and Teller perform their "Teller's Salute to Recycling" routine, in which Teller, usually The Voiceless, does all the talking — but the extremely noisy wood chipper featured in the routine drowns out everything he has to say.
  • The Voiceless: Teller.
  • White Flag: On their second appearance, Young & Strange do a version of the trick where the assistant gets into a box that has swords thrust through it by the magician. At one point, to emphasize that Young hasn't merely slipped out of the box somehow, his hand emerges from the top waving a white flag. After Penn & Teller offer their thoughts about how the trick was done, Strange silently admits defeat by producing the white flag and waving it.
  • Wingding Eyes: At the end of one episode, Penn and Teller perform a version of their classic routine where Penn attempts to Pick a Card, only for the volunteer's card to disappear completely, and then Teller is revealed to be wearing custom contact lenses that turn one of his pupils into the card's suit and the other into the card's number.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • The magicians who are able to fool the master duo are congratulated for this feat.
    • By the same token, there are performers who do not fool the pair but do such a high class act, it is impressive on another level. Simon Coronel, for instance, does a variation of Three fly, the "teleportation" trick of an item in one hand to another. He ups the challenge by using distinctly colored poker chips, inhibiting him from the common version where the same-colored coins allow for obfuscation on which hand has how many and palming one to hide it. The distinct colors of the chips and the way it was done results in Penn and Teller calling it the best version of this trick they ever saw. It doesn't fool them, but they greatly respect the work done.
  • Your Mom: During his act, The Shocker instructs an audience volunteer to think of a woman who's important in his life, "but not your mom or your sister, it should be somebody I don't know".

 
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