May 16, 2016
It’s the blog series that just keeps on giving! Or should that be fooling? Yes, today we’re heading back to Penn & Teller: Fool Us, to run through season two of the popular TV show and see which magicians managed to fool Penn & Teller live in Las Vegas. Without further ado, let’s get under way!
First to fool Penn and Teller in the new series was Steven Brundage, a man who was extremely adept with a Rubik’s cube. Able to throw a cube in the air and have it turn fully solved before it lands, as well as solving one completely by just dropping it into his other hand, this was a routine that had Penn & Teller fooled from the get go! How much of this is sheer speed cubing skill and how much is magic is up for debate but one thing’s for sure, Penn and Teller could not work it out!
Leon & Romy
An interesting trick this one, primarily because it appears Penn was looking in the wrong place during the misdirection. See if you can work out where it happens! We wouldn’t normally call this out (and we could very well be wrong) but there is a trick by Penn & Teller which specifically uses a mobile phone and a fish in ice and we believe Leon & Romy use the same basic approach in their magic routine. That being said, it’s still very cool to use a skateboarder in your trick and specifically to have a signed card appear on the bottom of said skateboard. Entertaining and - rather surprisingly - enough for Penn & Teller to exclaim that, “You fooled us!”
Woah! If you want a beautifully entertaining magic trick and something to prove that magic is not just something to be an afterthought at your event, then feel free to take a look at this magic routine from Shin Lim, a man who manages to provide the wonderful spirit of magic in the same manner as Yu Ho Jin at FISM. As Penn puts it so succinctly, “We didn’t even know how you vanished the marker!” Extraordinary staging and superb illusions throughout, this is a silent spellbinding performance to the tune of Hans Zimmer and has racked up over 16 million views on YouTube as a result. Enjoy!
A character created by John Lovick, a man nominated for Parlour Magician of the Year 12 times in the past 16 years, Handsome Jack is a hilarious magician whom delivers his routine as though he’d initially planned to do a full sixty minute set rather than the five minutes he’s actually been given. What follows is a funny routine where he rips up his proposed playbill and restores it as good as new, before ‘showing’ how it all worked. It’s fast, funny and evidently fool proof!
Wes Barker calls himself a stunt magician and that may be because his magic trick involves the use of an extremely sharp sword. With host Jonathon Ross’ help, he uses the phone book to impale a page and hopefully find Ross’ page. Despite Penn and Teller’s very best guesses, they can’t quite work out the method to this very funny trick, leaving Wes to pick up the intriguingly designed Fool Us trophy.
A lovely trick to end this particular blog on, this is a classic magic performance from the son of famed American magician, Mark Wilson. The well-dressed magician, the gorgeous assistant, a box, swords, a vanish, a reappearance and of course, the lovely ending to the magic trick itself. We don’t want to spoil it but rest assured it’s a great moment and something that has Penn & Teller up on their feet. The one downside? The awful YouTube audio. That being said, did the trick really ‘fool us’ or were Penn & Teller just being kind? We think it’s fairly clear but that debate is for another day. For now, let’s just enjoy the moment!
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