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Magicians Penn and Teller Satirize Their Trade

Penn Jillette and Teller of the macabre magician team Penn & Teller. They've been performing for over twenty years, both on Broadway and around the world. The duo has written "How to Play in Traffic" (Boulevard), an offbeat travel guide, and has also authored "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends" and "How to Play with Your Food." This month they began a series of variety shows, "Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular" on the FX cable network. (REBROADCAST from 6/19/87 and 10/22/97)


Actor and Master of Deception Ricky Jay

Jay has been called "one of the greatest sleight of hand artist in the world." He is the star of the off-Broadway show "Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants" which is directed by David Mamet.


From the Archives: Ricky Jay Shares Stories of Unusual Performers and Swindlers.

Ricky Jay, one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists: a scholar of the unusual, curator of the Mullholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts, an actor and author of "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women." Currently, Jay performs to sold out shows at Broadway's Second Stage, in a show directed by playwright David Mamet, "Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants." (REBROADCAST from 10/21/87).


Penn Jillette's Hatred-Fueled Magic

Jillette, along with his silent partner Teller, created his magic act partly in opposition to the comedy and theater performances he disliked. His duo's edgy, sometimes violent, performances have won Emmy Awards and spawned companion books and videos. Jillette takes pride in maintaining an aggressive persona while treating his audience with respect.


Magic for People Who Hate Magic.

Magician and juggler Penn Jillette. As half of the comedy team of Penn and Teller, he's performed his macabre illusions on "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with David Letterman," and now Broadway. (Rebroadcast. Original broadcast Friday, June 19, 1987.)

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