They defy labels, and at times, good taste. They've performed together for more than 35 years; skewering the genre of magic, their sold-out audiences, and themselves - very often all at the same time, within one mind-boggling evening.
And along the way, Penn & Teller have made the hardest trick of all - a remarkable career that ranges from stage to television to best-selling books - look easy. And they've done it all on their own, distinctively offbeat terms.
They call themselves 'A couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things.' Since first teaming up in 1975, when they combined Teller's silent, occasionally creepy, magic with Penn's clown college education and juggling expertise, the two have created an entertainment success story that went from the streets to small clubs to national theatre tours, and now to a current, multiyear engagement at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
By 1985, Penn & Teller were receiving rave reviews for their Off Broadway show and Emmy award-winning PBS special, 'Penn & Teller Go Public'. In 1987, they began the first of two successful Broadway runs. Penn & Teller had national tours throughout the 1990s, gaining critical praise from New York to San Francisco for bringing a fresh slant to an often-tired show business realm.
The first of more than 25 appearances on 'Late Night with David Letterman' soon followed, along with appearances on a wide range of television: 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', 'Miami Vice', 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', 'Hollywood Squares', 'The Today Show', 'Saturday Night Live', 'The Drew Carey Show', 'Friends', 'Dharma & Greg,', 'Home Improvement', and one of television's most honoured rolls: animated guests on 'The Simpsons'.
They also created their own television projects, including 'Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular', 'Penn & Teller's Home Invasion', the Showtime movie 'Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread', and the NBC special 'Don't Try This at Home'. Penn & Teller made their big screen debut in Penn & Teller Get Killed and were featured in Walt Disney's Fantasia 2000.
Penn & Teller's understanding of magic and their ability to relate to audiences has also garnered serious academic attention. They serve as Visiting Scholars at MIT, that school's highest honour, and have lectured at Oxford University and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2001, they received the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award.
Penn & Teller have written three best-selling books, “Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends”, “How to Play with Your Food”, and “How to Play in Traffic”; and penned pieces in outlets ranging from The New York Times to Playboy.
A truly unique offering on the after dinner circuit, Penn & Teller give a funny, informative and revealing overview of their careers as sceptics, libertarians and magicians who have invented their own very distinct niche in comedy. No topic is out of bounds for Penn & Teller! During each performance, Penn & Teller offer audience members a moderated presentation with audience participation as well as engaging and interactive audience Q & A sessions and their highly distinctive tricks.
Below you'll find products by Penn & Teller which may be available for purchase. Click the image to view on Amazon’s website. Clients often like to purchase books and other merchandise as autographed give-aways at events where Penn & Teller is appearing. For bulk purchases, please speak with the Booking Agent handling your event.
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