Top 10 things you might not know about Teller

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller....

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Photo taken after their show at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the quiet, shorter half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Teller:

  1. He has been profoundly inspired by a line from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. The line that moves him to tears is the line which says ‘Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat’ saying about it “I can’t say that line without choking up, because it states, in profoundly poetic terms, what I have always wanted to do with my life. It’s so simple and so funny, but boy, it hits me deep.”
  2. Directed and co-wrote the Off-Broadway show Play Dead.
  3. Describing his partnership with Penn Jillette, Teller says “We are artistic and business partners, not primarily friends. When we look at each other, we don’t think: ‘Now there’s a likeable chap!’ We think about the projects we are doing and how we will get them done. When we were first working together, we didn’t have such thick skins. But we recognized how useful we were to each other. And that prevailed.”

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Top 10 things you might not know about Penn Jillette

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the audible, taller half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Penn Jillette:

  1. In order to demonstrate that he didn’t have “any tricks up his sleeves” – Penn used to arrive onstage for his magical performances, naked.
  2. Penn was once an on-air announcer for the cable channel Comedy Central.
  3. In 1974 he was part of a three-person act called the Asparagus Valley Cultural Society. The other two members of the act were Wier Chrisemer and someone that Penn had been introduced to earlier that same year: Teller.

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David Copperfield named ‘King of Magic’

American magician David Copperfield signing hi...

American magician David Copperfield signing his program after a 2007 show at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What title can you possibly confer upon the magician that has already been granted the “Magician of the Century” and the “Magician of the Millennium” acclamations?

On September 14, 2011 David Copperfield was crowned the first-ever “King of Magic” by the Society of American Magicians. Copperfield was granted this, his newest title, in honor of his efforts “to advance, elevate, and preserve magic as a performing art, to promote harmonious fellowship throughout the world of magic, and to maintain and improve ethical standards in the field of magic.” The Society of American Magicians was founded, in the back room of a New York magic shop, in 1902. Harry Houdini, himself, once served as National President for the organization. The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) is the oldest and most prestigious magic organization in the world.

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David Copperfield returns to the Hollywood Theatre, MGM Grand

Copperfield room keys

Copperfield room keys (Photo credit: Homies In Heaven)

David Copperfield is back for performances at the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Scheduled performances run from September 7th through the 13th, 2011. Mr. Copperfield’s show then resumes from September 28th through October 24th, 2011. Performance times are Sunday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. with additional Saturday matinee performances at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all performances.

David Copperfield’s name has been before the public several times this summer.

David Copperfield versus Harry Potter:

Mutual fans of both Copperfield and author J.K. Rowling were delighted when a spoof video surfaced which showed David Copperfield, in rare comical form, issuing a Cease and Desist order to J.K. Rowling claiming that her Harry Potter books “ripped-off” the story of his life. In the popular spoof video he had said: “I tried calling J.K. Rowling to sort this out but she’s too busy buying castles to fill with money.” He continued with: “So I have no choice but to cast a litigation spell.” Copperfield then uttered some magical words as his Cease and Desist letter floated out of an envelope before coming to a gentle rest in his hand.

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Steve Wyrick is making magic at the Hilton

Las Vegas 2011

Las Vegas 2011 (Photo credit: Remko Tanis)

In a city that is constantly rebuilding itself, perhaps it should come as no surprise that a magician–once beset on all sides by crushing financial woes–has found a new casino to call home. Steve Wyrick is, once again, performing to audiences. In his most recent reanimation he began performing at the Las Vegas Hilton in August, 2011. Mr. Wyrick’s new show is titled Ultra Magician. Scheduled performances seem somewhat erratic in nature and are very different than the “Nightly” term utilized on the Las Vegas Hilton’s website.

Performance dates (confirmed by the Las Vegas Hilton Theater Box Office) are: September 7th, 8th and 9th. The show is dark on Saturday, September 10th. Performances resume on September 11th and continue through September 16th. The show is dark on Saturday, September 17th. The show resumes on September 18th through the 29th. The show is dark on Friday, September 30th through October 2nd. The show once again resumes on October 3rd through the 6th. The Las Vegas Hilton has stated that performances are presently scheduled through October 6th, only. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $39.95 through $125. Ticket prices listed do not include applicable fees and taxes. Tickets are still available for all performances.

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