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Watch Penn And Teller (Young And Old)

Updated on July 17, 2012

I am not a big fan of TV series but if a show keeps me hooked for 8 seasons and I still have that junkie craving... Must... Have... More... Penn And Teller... then the show is very special. Penn and Teller are two American comedians and magicians. They started as two magicians on a stage show in the mid-seventies and in few years they had some very successful and impressive appearances on the television. Their most famous tricks include 'catch a bullet with teeth' illusion, Teller's amazing shadow performance using a rose and numerous creative ways how to 'torture' Teller. There is even a saying among Penn and Teller fans that there are several Tellers and Penn is just replacing them in each show. Teller never complains about being tortured. Well most likely that is because he's known for always being silent (he never speaks on stage and very rarely off stage)...

The Legendary Penn and Teller Bullet Catch Act

The special feature Penn has (except for doing the talking for two) is that one of his fingernails is always painted red. It is unknown why does he do so, but the most common explanation that it is to honor his mother.

Now you can watch Penn and Teller on TV or on the internet because they are popular worldwide for debunking frauds, popular myths, pseudoscientific ideas by using magic tricks and what's the most important - common sense. Damn, these guys even managed to convince hippies to ban water. Where the world is rolling to?

Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is the most successful show of these gentlemen. It had been running for 8 seasons, featured 89 episodes and made Penn and Teller popular worldwide. In this show Penn and Teller debunking common misconceptions with topics ranging from paranormal activities till more controversial topics such as health issues or gun control.

In spite of the scientific and critical way how Penn and Teller approach the subjects the Bullshit! show is also known as being liberal and full with obscenities and profanity. It also known that for 'aesthetical purposes' this show often features half naked and fully naked actors and actresses. At the beginning of the first season Penn Jillette explained this is because of legal issues - it is because one can be sued because of calling people liars and what they do a scam, but calling them assholes and their opinion bullshit as odd as it may sound, is safe.

Penn And Teller: Fool Us and Tell A Lie

The airing of the Bullshit show stopped on 2010 but you can still watch Penn and Teller in their new shows "Fool Us" and "Tell A Lie". "Fool Us" is a British television programme with Johnatan Ross as its host. This is a competition show where talented magicians try to fool Penn and Teller. If they can't 'crack' the magic trick, the contestant wins a trip to Las Vegas to perform at Penn & Tellers magic show in Rio. Penn and Teller used to appear on Brittish TV also in the nineties where they performed magic tricks with local celebrities such as John Cleese. Penn and Teller loved visiting Britain because they say that they were so known in America that just mentioning their names causes suspicion while Britain was still unsuspecting. The first season of "Fool Us" has aired already and the next one is coming this year.
"Tell A Lie" is another TV series each featuring several statements of which one is false. The given statements are the ones most of people have heard at one point or another but couldn't test such as "a head of hair can lift a mustang" or rare and strange ones such as "the sound of B Flat makes alligators hungry for love". Penn and Teller are verifying all of them during the show and in the end of the show reveal which is the made up one.

Young Penn & Teller
Young Penn & Teller

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    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I have seen them live. They are noted for not staying on stage. Penn knows how to make the audience uncomfortable. Even a balcony seat doesn't guaranty protection. Try to see them live. You will be part of the show.

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      lafamillia 

      6 years ago from Soutcentral Europe

      Wow, I thought that I am addicted to "my fav. show". Here, in Serbia, Mexican and Spanish TV novellas are very popular. But, fortunately, I have cable TV, so I can watch Dr. House on Fox Life and Grey's Anatomy. :)

      Nice work here. Thumbs up ! :)

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Haha, what you say is true. I remember when I used to watch English comedy "Bottom" as a kid , and South Park before that.... now I'm not so sure on it. I mean, sure, I get the jokes but there's a magical feel behind knowing a swear wod, saying it in secret and then making sure nobody finds out..... snort snort! ^^

    • Eranofu profile imageAUTHOR

      Eranofu 

      6 years ago from Europe

      Thanks, John. I love Penn and Teller because of their "I don't care" attitude. They had an episode on profanity and that there's nothing bad with it. It keeps surprising me that the "adult" stuff is actually more liked by kids than adults. In fact a lot of adults oppose cursing. That's opposing free speech. Profanity is harmless, it's just the way on how to speak. It's not words that hurt people, it's how you use them, snort snort (sorry, couldn't resist :D).

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Wow, a nice guide on the duo. I don't know if it was them or not, but one of my favourite jokes was by a duo like this. Basically, it's the larger one up close to the screen saying, "SHUT! THE FUCK! UP!" I find it more hilarious than the "Magic! Snort snort!" memes ^^

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