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Magicians Penn and Teller
Often overlooked as accomplished and popular magicians, Penn & Teller are among the most successful comedians, as well as magicians, in show business. These days, they are best known for their Las Vegas show (click here to read a review).

Known as the "bad boys of magic," the pair is probably best known for exposing magic secrets and shaking-up the magic fraternity. However, Penn & Teller (P&T) also perform gory effects and pranks, and, like modern day Houdinis, expose the tricks behind paranormal and other phenomena.

Eccentric Guys:

Referring to themselves as "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things," the comedy team is known for presenting an agenda that involves liberal viewpoints and skepticism. P&T are Las Vegas headliners who tour and often make appearances on television shows that include "Late Night with David Letterman."

Taller & Louder:

Penn Jillete is the taller and louder of the pair who does all the talking. Teller, the shorter of the pair, doesn't speak in shows (with a few rare exceptions). Despite his silence and comedic presence, Teller is a highly-respected magic authority. While P&T often poke fun at magic and magicians and perform their routines in a seemingly haphazard manner, they are highly-skilled magicians and equally polished performers.

Going Public:

P&T have been together since the mid-1970s. In the mid-1980s, the pair received recognition for an Emmy-award winning PBS special, "Penn & Teller Go Public," perhaps the first introduction to the comedy team for many; and an off-Broadway show. From there, the pair took off, often appearing on Saturday Night Live and major talk and variety shows. P&T have had their own network magic specials such as "Penn & Teller Off The Deep End" in 2005.

Skeptics:

"Bulls**t," their television series on Showtime, takes a skeptical look at religion and paranormal activities. The show has tackled controversial topics such as intelligent design, feng shui, astrology, smoking, genetically engineered food, sex enhancement treatments and more. P&T have also published books including: "Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks For Dear Friends," "Penn & Teller's How to Play with Your Food"; and "Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic."

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