‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ is a magic competition television program in which magicians perform tricks in front of the magician-comedian duo, Penn and Teller. After the act, if the duo is not able to figure out how a trick was done, the magician or magicians who performed it win a five-star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller’s world-famous show as well as at the Rio Hotel and Casino.
The show is recommended for every magic lover and is one of the most entertaining reality shows on the television right now. It has been created by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, and Andrew Golder. The series airs on the ITV in the UK and on The CW in the USA, and the show first premiered on January 7, 2011.
The show is a mixture of magic and comedy and obviously magic has always drawn the interest of viewers. Not only is it enchanting, but it also manages to be challenging at the same time. It draws us in with the apparent inexplicability but always urges us to use the faculties at our disposal to try and get to the bottom of the trick. Movies like ‘Now You See Me‘, ‘The Prestige‘ and ‘The Illusionist‘ combine the slickness of performance art that is magic, and also packs a slight comic punch, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
In ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, the stakes are higher because the magicians are not performing in front of gullible crowds, but in front of magicians who are trained in the art of misdirection and illusion themselves. Thus, they have to bring their best game to the stage, which naturally makes the show an absolute treat for the viewers. Critics too have been very receptive of this series and the way it is conducted.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Cast: Who is in it?
‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ has various contestants over the seasons, so there is no fixed list in that and we are bound to see a completely fresh batch of contestants in the upcoming season as well. However, there are some parts of the cast that do not change over the seasons. Notably, the judges, of course, have and will be Penn Jillette and Teller. Dominic Byrne acts as the narrator. Notably, the host in the first two seasons of the show has been the controversial and flamboyant Jonathan Ross. However, from the third season onwards, the show turned to Alyson Hannigan of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘ fame, but better known as Lily Aldrin in ‘How I Met Your Mother‘. Considering Hannigan’s star power and ability to effortlessly host the show, it seems likely that she will return in the upcoming season as well.
Penn & Teller Fool Us Plot: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ focusses on hopeful magicians who perform their tricks in front of Penn and Teller and a live studio audience. After the performance, the judges confer with each other and then reveal whether they know how the trick was done or not. While the judges examine the equipment used to do the magic trick, the performer is interviewed by the host, giving the audience a chance to know them better. The revelation is always done in a cryptic manner or in writing, so as to avoid exposing the secret behind the trick.
If judges are not able to decode the trick, the magician wins the “Fooled Us” trophy and an opportunity to later perform at one of Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas shows. At the end of each episode, Penn & Teller perform a magic trick of their own. Notably, in the show, there is a backstage judge who is versed in magic and is informed of the mechanism behind the trick. This judge makes the call as to whether Penn and Teller have correctly gotten to the bottom of the secret behind the trick.
Variety has aptly surmised the show, mincing no words, saying, “Simple, low-key (read: cheap) and a great deal of fun, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” manages to wed some of the pizzazz associated with old-fashioned variety shows with the peeking-behind-the-curtain quality of “Breaking the Magician’s Code.” Not that the central duo really blows the lid off the tricks that are demonstrated, but they explain enough to show the point at which they can discern how they’re done – and share in the audience’s admiration when they can’t. The approach brings a game-like component to what’s otherwise just a magic showcase, and makes this U.K. production a shrewd summer acquisition for CW.”
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, the show will continue in a similar manner and we will get to see more of these magicians as they perform impressive tricks before the expert judges either manage to deconstruct them or are left just as amazed as the audience.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ Season 5 premiered on June 25, 2018. After five successful seasons, it was forgone conclusion that The CW will renew show. After about a year of wait, ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ Season 6 will release on June 17, 2019.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Trailer:
While we wait for ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ Season 6, check out the clip below from season 1 of the show. If you have not seen the series and want to see some of the best magicians at work, then definitely give it a watch. On the same note, may we also recommend that you watch ‘Masters of Illusion‘ if you happen to enjoy the magic on this show.
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