Penn and Teller, whose full names are Penn Fraser Jillette and Raymond Joseph Teller, are among the most popular entertainers in the world. Fusing together elements of magic and comedy in their routines, Penn and Teller have appeared on TV, film, radio and stage. They are the longest-running headline acts in Las Vegas history. Both performers cite stage magician James Randi as a mentor-type figure who instilled in them a kind of honest, moralistic ethos that is reflected in their routine.
Penn and Teller, who both harbored aspirations to become entertainers from an early age, first met each other in 1975 through their mutual friend Weir Chrisemer. The trio began performing together as The Asparagus Valley Cultural Society and established its name in show business. After the departure of Chrisemer in 1981, Penn and Teller continued on as a duo, creating their own off-Broadway show and Emmy-winning TV specials. They became prolific guest stars in various TV shows, including The West Wing, Miami Vice, Babylon 5, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and The Drew Carrey Show. In 1993, they made their Las Vegas debut at Bally’s, which would spark a long-running relationship with the city. The turn of the century would begin a period of prominent national exposure. In 2001, they began a long-running residency at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Two years later, they created a television show called Penn and Teller: Bullshit!, in which they debunked common misconceptions and false beliefs with their usual panache and style. The show was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards in total. After the end of the 89-episode run, the duo created a magic competition show in 2011 called Penn and Teller: Fool Us. Around the same time, Penn made an appearance on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars. In 2013, Penn and Teller received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have also won the Las Vegas Magicians of the Year award eight times.
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What can I expect from a Penn and Teller performance?
Penn and Teller shows are brimming with gags, magic, pranks and comedy routines. Even when they perform classic tricks, they will often have an innovative spin or take. The fun of the show is partly based on the contrasting styles of the two performers between verbal and physical comedy. Penn is talkative, loquacious and funny and provides narrative and commentary to the audience. Teller is the silent partner, but he provides much of the physical action. Befitting their skeptical style, they are open about the nature of many of their tricks, sometimes openly discussing how they are done.
Does the Penn and Teller show have any age restrictions?
For the Rio show specifically, attendees must be at least five years of age to enter. For any other show, you should check with your local venue to find out who can attend a performance.
How long does a Penn and Teller performance last?
The running time for the show is approximately 90 minutes with no breaks.