Penn & Teller perform some of the routines they have used on American tours and specials for a British studio audience. A well-known, usually British, guest helps out. There are some forays... See full summary »
Penn reads "Casey at the Bat" while Teller escapes from a straight jacket; Penn does a not-wimpy card trick; Teller gives the illusion of reality with a cigarette; Penn eats fire; and the ... See full summary »
Penn & Teller go to the U.K to find a magician who can "fool them" If Penn & Teller can figure out the trick performed the magician is out but if they do not get it the magician wins a ... See full summary »
I'm a big fan. I think every show they've done thus far has been pretty outstanding. But even the greatest artists must hit a speed-bump, and this is Penn & Teller's. The concept I think is pretty good, but the quality of the show isn't.
The real trouble with this series is that it relies on about one minute of actual information per subject. The other 99%, not including advertisements, is pure hype for the next matter at hand.
Hype can be a good thing, when used with caution, but here it's the only commodity. Every episode is full of, "just wait five more minutes and we'll present the subject, but first..." Five minutes pass and it's merely 20 seconds of information followed by the next five minutes of hype and build-up. Cycle, and repeat.
Frustration is the only real thing one gets from this show. The game is to try and pick out the lie, but the editors, or whomever, aren't very good at hiding it. One can easily discount all fact being provided, and just look at the video at hand. In the first show, the fake was obvious because the "security cameras" we're in almost perfect HD with multiple angles on the same scene. Why would security cameras overlap on the exact same position. I know I wasn't the smart one out of the many dumb who picked up on it. According to their own poll half the audience picked the right one, out of 6 choices.
It feels like its who wants to be a millionaire stuck on question 1.
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