Saturday, April 17, 2010


It is April. In celebration of this blogs one year existence, the whole month will be winner time. Only the coolest and best members of our elite circle of nerds will be featured.

Today: Teller!

The silent half of Penn and Teller deserves a mention on his own I think. He clearly is the better magician (I have not seen Penn do anything else but a card force) and he is skilled. And weird! Talk about unique ideas and such.

That card bit in the beginning is simple and direct in terms of method. What magicians would not like that? The rabbit thing is sick and keeps the audience watching even though it is a "stupid sucker" bit.

Think about it: Teller took a classic in magic and took it apart to make it his own. And it surely is. Who else would have a motivation of the shredder in order NOT to hear him talk. Just Teller who's big gimmick is not hearing him talk.

I turned this around thinking, what can I do to make my tricks my own in such a way, that everyone who copies it needs to change it? That is why I like Teller, that is why he is a magic winner.


darkstar said...

I wish Teller wrote a bit more. There are some great little bits on youtube of him TALKING about magic.

Every introduction in a book and whatnot I've ever seen, could only come from a very wise, intellectual person.

P+T and Randi. They all got me started

BathTub said...

I've repeatedly seen Penn refer to himself as the loud mouth juggler of the act.