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Best of Penn & Teller's Fool Us & Behind the Scenes

Updated: Dec 26, 2023

Magic has always captivated audiences, leaving them in awe and wonder.


Penn & Teller's Fool Us takes this enchantment to a new level.


As an aspiring magician or a curious viewer, you may find yourself drawn into the realm of deception, where performers strive to outwit the legendary duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller.


 

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Penn & Teller Fool Us


Penn & Teller's Fool Us is a television series that showcases the world's most talented magicians as they attempt to baffle and mystify the minds of these seasoned professionals.


The show's premise is simple: if a magician can successfully fool Penn & Teller with their trick or illusion, they earn the coveted prize of performing in Penn & Teller's Las Vegas stage show.


But the challenge is not an easy one.


Penn & Teller, known for their extraordinary sleight of hand, mentalism, and grand illusions, have mesmerized audiences for decades.


Their extensive knowledge and experience make them formidable judges, making it all the more impressive when a magician manages to leave them truly perplexed.


The show's popularity led to its relocation from the United Kingdom to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.


With this move came two new hosts (and now a third new host!)


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The vibrant atmosphere of Las Vegas adds an extra layer of excitement and glamour to the show, making it a must-see for both magic enthusiasts and casual viewers alike.


As a contestant on season three of Penn & Teller's Fool Us, I had the incredible opportunity to experience the magic firsthand (and a few challenges!)


The show's setting at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas provided the perfect backdrop for unforgettable performances and a few nerve-wracking moments.


Join me as we delve behind the scenes of Penn & Teller's Fool Us, uncover the secrets of the show's success, explore the best moments captured on camera, and answer some frequently asked questions that will satisfy your curiosity about this extraordinary magical journey.


Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Penn & Teller's Fool Us.


 

II. Behind the Scenes: My Filming Experience



Being a part of Penn & Teller's Fool Us was an exhilarating experience, and I wanted to showcase the dedication and behind-the-scenes challenges we faced filming our segment.


I was invited to be part of season three and film an illusion called "Eclipse."


This season was a big change for Penn & Teller Fool Us because it was the first filming at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Our segment was filmed on the first full day of production.


Little did I know that this illusion would come with unexpected twists and turns.



One of the unique aspects of "Eclipse" was its impressive size, standing at around 15 feet tall. While I owned the prop, the large structure itself is expensive to transport, and if there was any location on the planet to find this rare prop-- it was Vegas.


Joining me for filming was my onstage partner Jade and a friend I met performing on cruise ships.



As you'll see in the video footage, Jade bursts through a massive piece of paper, leaving the audience in awe.


However, the behind-the-scenes challenges we encountered while filming may not be immediately apparent.


Challenges During Filming


The prop rented by the show came with only enough paper for two performances—one for our rehearsal and one for the final take captured by the cameras.


Regrettably, we experienced an unforeseen power outage during our first filming attempt, which caused a delay and necessitated the need to begin the illusion again.


On our second filming attempt, the paper burst prematurely due to the strain of multiple restarts. With no extra paper readily available, the resourceful production team swiftly improvised a solution.


Backstage, they carefully taped the remaining paper pieces of the prop together, ensuring the illusion would be complete for the cameras.


Unexpected Stress


We didn't fool Penn & Teller with our illusion, and to prove they knew the secret, Teller handed me a drawing. This drawing would have been one of the biggest souvenirs a magician can receive from a legendary magician.


A priceless souvenir. But...


I've been performing and touring my entire life-- I'm used to high anxiety, but the technical issues unexpectedly impacted me.


The silent half of the duo, Teller handed me the drawing and my mind was completely occupied with our challenges. Jade and I ran off stage without thinking about it, I threw away the drawing Teller had handed me after the performance.


The priceless souvenir-- I threw it away.


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It was an incredible token, but my flustered state caused me to discard it without thinking, and it wasn't until we left the theatre that I realized my mistake almost an hour later.


Sneaking Backstage


Luckily, I could correct my mistake thanks to a stroke of luck.


Sneaking back into the theater a few hours later, I dug through the trash bin and found the discarded souvenir.


The relief and gratitude I felt at that moment were immeasurable.


Watch Behind the Scenes


For a closer look at the magic behind the scenes, I invite you to check out the behind-the-scenes video that shares our insider's perspective on filming.



The videos show the meticulous planning, unexpected obstacles, and camaraderie shared among the magicians and production team.


The journey of bringing "Eclipse" to life on Penn & Teller's Fool Us was filled with challenges, unexpected turns, and moments of triumph.


Despite the added stress.


These behind-the-scenes glimpses reveal the dedication and determination of the magicians, demonstrating that magic isn't just about the final performance—it's about the dedication and resilience that go into creating moments of wonder and astonishment.


 

III. Exploring Penn & Teller's Fool Us



Penn & Teller's Fool Us has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences worldwide, but understanding the inner workings of the show can deepen our appreciation for the magic and talent showcased.


Here's what we'll cover in this section:


Let's delve into some common questions and shed light on the mechanics of this captivating series.


1. How many Penn & Teller's Fool Us seasons are there?


Penn & Teller's Fool Us has had ten seasons. I'm excited to see new talented magicians and performances for the upcoming season!


2. How do Penn & Teller know if they've been fooled?


Penn & Teller doesn't reveal the specifics of a magic trick to the audience and viewers.


They confirm with the magician often with a drawing, magic principles, or secret professional reference that a professional magician understands.


3. Is Penn & Teller's Fool Us staged or scripted?


Penn & Teller's Fool Us is not scripted, and the magicians' performances do not use any camera tricks or staged trickery.


The show thrives on live audience performances and spontaneous reactions for the legendary duo.


Creating an authentic and unpredictable experience.


4. How does Penn & Teller's Fool Us work? A breakdown of the format and rules.


The show follows a simple format: magicians from around the world present their tricks or illusions to a live audience and Penn & Teller.


The goal is to perform an act that baffles the duo.


If Penn & Teller cannot determine the method behind the trick, the magician is declared the winner (a "Fooler") and earns the opportunity to perform with Penn & Teller in Las Vegas.



Stay tuned for the next set of frequently asked questions and an exploration of the magic behind Penn & Teller's Fool Us in the upcoming sections of this blog post, including changes in hosts, the show's authenticity, how to get on the program, and more.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Why did Penn & Teller's Fool Us change hosts?

While I participated in the show during the transition, changing hosts from Jonathan Ross to Allison Hannigan and now Brooke Burke was likely driven by various factors, such as refreshing the show's format, bringing a new dynamic to the hosting role, and appealing to a wider audience.


The change in hosts added fresh energy to the show while maintaining its essence of showcasing incredible magic performances.


Is Penn & Teller's Fool Us real?


Yes, Penn & Teller's Fool Us is a genuine show where magicians worldwide perform their acts to fool Penn & Teller genuinely.


While the show has its production elements and careful editing for television, the magic tricks performed are not staged or pre-arranged with the intent to deceive the duo.


The authenticity of the performances and the reactions from Penn & Teller contribute to the show's allure.


How can one get on Penn & Teller's Fool Us?


If you're an aspiring magician and dream of appearing on Penn & Teller's Fool Us, the first step is to contact the show's production team or keep an eye out for casting calls.


The selection process typically involves submitting a video of your performances showcasing your unique magic act or trick to the producers.


Where is Penn & Teller's Fool Us filmed?


Penn & Teller's Fool Us was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Rio Hotel and Casino during the season I participated in.


However, as production circumstances may vary, it's always best to confirm the current filming location for the latest seasons of the show.


How do you watch Penn & Teller's Fool Us?


Penn & Teller's Fool Us can be enjoyed by tuning into the show's broadcast on television.


Check your local listings for the specific channel and airtime.


Additionally, episodes and clips from the show are often available for streaming on the network's official website or other online platforms.


Is Penn & Teller's Fool Us available on Hulu?


As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, Penn & Teller's Fool Us was unavailable on Hulu.


However, streaming platforms and availability are subject to change, so it's recommended to check Hulu's catalogue or other streaming services for the latest updates.


Is Penn & Teller's Fool Us on Netflix?


As of my knowledge cutoff, in September 2021, Penn & Teller's Fool Us was unavailable on Netflix.


However, streaming platforms frequently update their content offerings, so it's advisable to check Netflix or other streaming services for the most current availability.


Explore the magic, mystery, and genuine wonder of Penn & Teller's Fool Us as we uncover more intriguing aspects of the show, including additional FAQs and insights into its fascinating world of illusions and performances.

 

Conclusion


Penn & Teller's Fool Us is a show that has captivated audiences worldwide, providing a platform for magicians to showcase their extraordinary talents and push the boundaries of magic.


Throughout the seasons, this remarkable series has delivered unforgettable moments, leaving viewers in awe and wonder.


From the behind-the-scenes challenges performers face to the mind-boggling tricks and illusions that have left even Penn & Teller astounded, the world of Fool Us is filled with creativity, skill, and dedication.


The transition to Las Vegas and introducing Brooke Burke as the host have added new dimensions to the show, infusing it with fresh energy and excitement.


Penn & Teller's Fool Us inspires aspiring magicians and magic enthusiasts alike.


 

That's It!


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