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Don't Try This at Home! (1990)

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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23 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home  »

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Penn: We believe violence is exciting in entertainment. In America we have the First Amendment; there are no censors. But there are anti-violence censorship letter-writers. They want to make sure you'll never see anything that they wouldn't want to see. They say that if we had nothing on TV but shows like thirtysomething and Growing Pains all the world problems would be worked out in an adult, peaceful manner. They don't understand EVERYTHING's fake on TV. Homer Simpson doesn't work in a nuclear ...
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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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