Penn and Teller (b. 1955 and 1948)
Penn and Teller's Real Name
Penn: Penn Fraser Jillette
Teller: Raymond Joseph Teller
Entertainers, Magicians, Writers,
Place of Birth
Penn: Greenfield, MA, USA
Teller: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Penn: 6' 6"
Teller: 5' 9"
Penn: Dusky Brown
Penn and Teller have the ability to perform mind-bending tricks while incorporating humor and turning the traditional magic show inside out.
Penn attended and graduated Ringling Brothers Clown College in 1974.
Teller's driver's license reads "NFN Teller." "NFN" is short for "No First Name."
Jillette Penn was born on March 5, 1955, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Teller was born on February 14, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The two had started working together in the 1970s and first came into public notice as part of an act called "Asparagus Valley Cultural Society;" a show show featuring their talents had a very long run in San Francisco.
Moving to New York, the two scored their first big hit with their off-Broadway show, "Penn & Teller Go Public" in 1985. Their show was a instant hit and ran for more than a year.
They performed mind-boggling tricks while blending humor and turning the traditional magic show inside out. In 1989, the magic duo appeared in their first feature film entitled "Penn & Teller Get Killed."
Penn & Teller also graced the television world; they have appeared on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "Late Night with David Letterman." They even voiced animated versions of themselves for the hit series The Simpsons.
Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, Penn & Teller appeared in their own television specials—including Don’t Try This at Home! (1990)—and the short-run series Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular (1998). They also went on several national tours around this time.
In 2003, Penn & Teller started a new type of television series, debunking popular practices, myths, and conventions, such as hypnosis, recycling, and ESP.
Not ones to shy away from profanity, the show’s title employs a swear word.
In 2005 Penn & Teller lent their version of the world’s dirtiest joke to the critically acclaimed documentary, The Aristocrats. The film, produced and co-created by Penn, is now available on DVD.
Penn & Teller: Bull****! has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Penn & Teller appear nightly in Las Vegas and have a long-term contract with the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
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Penn & Teller's official website.
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