Penn Jillette and Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller) were introduced by Weir Chrisimer, a mutual friend, in the mid-1970s. During the latter half of that decade, Jillette, Teller, and Chrisimer performed an act called the "Asparagus Valley Cultural Society." Penn and Teller started performing as a duo in 1981, and by 1985 they had their own off-Broadway show entitled Penn and Teller Go Public and a PBS special to go along with it. Two years later, their show moved to Broadway, where it had two runs. Penn & Teller also had a series of tours throughout the 1990s before settling in Las Vegas. The duo currently has a long-running arrangement to perform at the Rio Hotel in the Penn & Teller Theater.
Penn and Teller hosted several television specials throughout the 1990s featuring their tricks and illusions, including Don't Try This At Home and Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular. The two also hosted a Showtime series called Bulls***!, where they discussed everything from religion to envrionmental issues with their trademark skeptic attitude. Penn and Teller are known for their political libertarian and outspoken atheist views. Find a selection of Penn & Teller tickets above.
Penn and Teller's act is known for incorporating humor and storytelling into the magic tricks and illusions. Often, while Teller performs or is the subject of a trick, Jillette will tell a story to accompany it and sometimes distract the audience in order to enhance the sense of illusion. Undoubtedly one of the most famous trademarks of their act is how both Penn and Teller interact with the audience. Jillette is outspoken while Teller usually remains silent and mimes what he wishes to express. One of their most famous tricks is their adaptation of the bullet catch illusion.