Posts Tagged ‘Penn & Teller’

Great shows: Top five movies about magicians found on Netflix

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Movies and magic go hand in hand — magicians and directors are kindred spirits. Surprisingly, there’s not many movies ABOUT magic out there that really do it justice. Sure, there’s movies about magicians, but they make many more like “Harry Potter.” For every “The Illusionist,” there’s four “Smokin’ Aces.” And it’s going to take a heck of a movie to beat out “The Prestige” as the best movie about magicians ever.

Fortunately, we found some good ones on Netflix’s streaming service.

These five movies are some of our favorites. They stretch across genres and deal with different facets of magic, from what magic actually is to the importance of listening to your mentors. And there’s some great casting in them, too. Next time you’re ready for a magic movie, look no further. Put these on your instant queue right now:

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Vincent didn’t fool Penn & Teller, but he killed ’em

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This post was going to be a collection of great magic videos from the past week, because there have been a lot of great magic videos circulating during the past week. As it turns out, a video from a British TV show is enough for a whole post, because there is A LOT to learn.

The show is “Penn and Teller: Fool Us” on ITV1. The magician featured in the clip below is Michael Vincent. The clip is pure magic. See for yourself:

Let’s break down why this was such a great performance, and how you can make yours better: (more…)

Bullets: P&T in NYC, mental over mentalists, Brown’s next gig, Pixie magic

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Bullets, bullets, bullets! Whoo-hah!

  • Our upcoming Next Level with Sean Fields has us thinking about one of his influences: Penn and Teller. Um, two influences. ANYWAY: P&T are venturing off the Las Vegas strip for the first time in, like, forEVER. iTricks has the scoop.
  • Speaking of Vegas: Mike Weatherford of the Las Vegas Review Journal has a great column about mentalism and what makes it so compelling. After reading it, does it make you wanna set the cards aside and brush up on your NLP skills? Us too.
  • Speaking of great mentalists: Derren Brown has announced what his next venture will be. The master mentalist will star in several documentaries with people who believe they have psychic or paranormal abilities.
  • Speaking of wondering where is my mind: Did you know that Pixies drummer David Lovering was a magician? And good enough to be featured at the Magic Castle? We didn’t, either. Wanna see? Here comes your man:

Magicians no help to Harry Potter

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The guys at College Humor explored a theme previously covered by Robot Chicken, and took it to the next obvious level. Pretty funny, but what happens to Penn & Teller is harsh.

Copperfield leads Kawamoto’s list of best magicians

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Magician Wayne Kawamoto, who is the author of “Picture Yourself As a Magician” and writes about magic for About.com, has named the 10 best magicians of our time. Top of his list: David Copperfield. According to his blog on About.com:

David Copperfield is easily the best known magician in the world. He has presented innovative magic in his many television specials and continues to tour and perform for live audiences. He’s an immensely talented and skillful entertainer who has effectively changed with the times and does it all: illusion, manipulation and close-up. At times in his career, he’s had the popularity of a rock star.

The rest of his top 10:

  • 2. Doug Henning
  • 3. Siegfried and Roy
  • 4. Lance Burton
  • 5. Ricky Jay
  • 6. Mark Wilson
  • 7. Penn & Teller
  • 8. Harry Anderson
  • 9. Jeff McBride
  • 10. Cyril Takayama

The top five were easy to pick out, Kawamoto wrote. After his list, Kawamoto explains several of the omissions, including Harry Houdini, Dai Vernon, Paul Daniels and David Blaine. The list was inspired by this list by Magic Castle founder Milt Larsen — Kawamoto was gobsmacked that Copperfield wasn’t on it.

How on the mark was he? Discuss in this thread on the forum.