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Don't Try This at Home! (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  23 November 1990 (USA)
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Penn and/or Teller play with mirrors, teach 900 people to make a hankie disappear, play with clear acrylic boxes, turn marshmallows into tools of violence, do some erotic fire-eating, ... See full summary »

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Penn and/or Teller play with mirrors, teach 900 people to make a hankie disappear, play with clear acrylic boxes, turn marshmallows into tools of violence, do some erotic fire-eating, become the King of Animal Traps, produce bees without end, make Jane Curtin do a magic trick with a needle, dental floss, and her pierced ear, and drive a truck filled with concrete over Teller. Written by Kathy Li

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[After cutting a ribbon and making it whole]
Jane Curtin: Penn & Teller hated that trick. They said what the hell does Grandma Curtin know about magic. If I was on their show they told me I'd have to do a Penn & Teller trick. So they came up with "The Infected Ear." It wasn't my fault. It was designed by Penn & Teller and I'm not even responsible for the words I'll be saying while I'm doing it. From here on in, I'm just an actor reading my lines off cue cards like Homer Simpson. It's just a gig.
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Behind the Curtain
25 April 2004 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Spoilers herein.

I admit that I am a nut when it comes to reflexive shows. Those are shows about shows.

Penn and Teller are consummate showmen. Except for a couple dreary lapses, this is a show about their show. Actually, I found most of it interesting: how they work to give a showmanlike metashow.

The best trick, I think was the cut boxes, where they repeat the whole thing with glass boxes so you can see how they did it.

Of all the P&T shows, this is the best because straight magic just doesn't seem very magical unless you are right there in the theater.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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