I love Penn and Teller. But I'm not particularly a fan of their show, Penn and Teller: Fool Us -- though it's a hit and was recently renewed for its third season. I'm not quite sure why I don't like it much, but I think there are three reasons. 1) It's really not Penn and Teller doing much, but other magicians brought in, 2) when Penn and Teller explain how they believe the trick is done, they hide most of the details, so they're really not saying much of anything, and 3) I dislike the host Jonathan Ross, who's a smarmy guy with a chat show in England.
If you don't know Penn and Teller: Fool Us, the premise is that magicians come on stage to do a trick, and Penn and Teller then try to figure out and explain (cryptically) how it was done. Most of the time, they can. But If they can't, the magician wins the opportunity to open for them in Las Vegas.
Here is a magician, Kostya Kimlat, who indeed fools them. But that's not the fun. The fun is how pissed off Penn is that he can't figure it out. It's clearly not "angry" pissed off, almost more admiration that the guy is so good that he knows he won't figure it out. And he wonderfully plays the "pissed off" to the hilt.
This is a bonus clip. It's Penn Jillette later calling into another of Jonathan Ross's shows, this on the radio, and he talks about the as yet-unaired appearance of being fooled and you can tell clearly his admiration for the guy. But his more-involved explanation with a background story that didn't get on the TV show makes his reaction all the more understandable.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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