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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: