Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Saturday, 18 June 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the show will once again see the masters of magic, Penn & Teller take on aspiring magicians……with a once in a lifetime chance to perform in Las Vegas at stake. 

Each show will see Penn & Teller throw the gauntlet to magicians and illusionists to perform their most baffling trick in the hope of fooling the world’s most famous magic double act. 

If any of the performers do manage to mystify the iconic duo they will win a 5 star trip to Las Vegas and the opportunity to perform in Penn & Teller’s hit stage show. 

The Las Vegas legends will have no prior knowledge of either the magicians or their planned performance. They’ll watch the trick/illusion just like the viewers at home and then try and work out how the magicians wowed the audience – can they be fooled?. 

Penn & Teller will also take to the stage to show off some of their most outrageous and mind blowing stunts – proving why they’re the best magic double act in the world.

Friday, 7 January 2011, 9:00PM – 10:30PM

ITV1 announces the prime-time commission of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. This brand new entertainment extravangza is an original and daring TV magic show – starring the world famous magic double act – Penn & Teller. 

Hosted by Jonathan Ross, and produced by DCD-owned September Films/117 Production, this 90 minute spectacular throws down the gauntlet to every aspiring magician in the UK to perform their most mystifying trick to fool Penn & Teller. 

Las Vegas legends Penn & Teller will have no prior knowledge of either the performers or the planned trick. They’ll be sitting in the audience just like everyone else, watching every move the guest magicians make. And, if any illusionist comes on and fools the professionals – they will win a five star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller’s world famous show at the Rio Hotel & Casino. 

Every magician will be performing for high stakes. Whether it’s a grand stage illusion or a tiny trick of sleight of hand, whether it uses tigers or toothpicks, if they are good enough to fool Penn & Teller then they get to perform in Vegas with the iconic duo. 

Penn says: “Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone – anyone – who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance. That would be a dream. We SO want that to happen! Magic is always evolving with different performers constantly innovating. We believe there are performers out there who can do it so we’ve sent out this challenge. And if they can fool us we’re taking them to Vegas to perform!” 

The show is commissioned by John Kaye Cooper, Controller of Entertainment, ITV. John says: “Penn & Teller are legendary and have been performing together for over 35 years. They know trickery but can the world’s foremost experts on deception still be fooled? This exciting new format gives talented magicians the chance of a lifetime to open for headliners Penn & Teller in Las Vegas. Together with Jonathan Ross it makes terrific talk about TV and the ideal show for all the family to enjoy.” 

Peter Davey, Executive Producer, DCD Media-owned September Films/117 Production, adds: “Penn &Teller: Fool Us guarantees unmissable entertainment. It is a real pleasure to be working with the undisputed “Governors” of the genre – Penn & Teller – but also their great friend Jonathan Ross. Just having those three on one stage guarantees Fool Us will be appointment to view TV. 

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