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After the huge success of ITV1’s primetime 90-minute special, Penn & Teller: Fool Us!, the world-famous illusionists are coming back to the UK for more.

For the series - hosted by Jonathan Ross - we’re looking for the best magical performers to wow the pair with a jaw-dropping performance. It is all about showcasing the most original, entertaining and baffling magic – all watched live by Penn & Teller and a studio audience. Any magician who manages to fool the pair gets a trip to Las Vegas to perform in their incredible stage show at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This is an open call to find the very best, either amateur or professional, and we are looking at every kind of magic so that we have as much variety as possible.

We will be filming in a studio in London between May 14-May 20. We would need you to be available at times tbc within that window.

You will also need to make yourself available for 1-2 days filming in the run up to the studio.

If you are interested please email magic@septemberfilms.com asap!

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Slick.

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Hmmmm as long as P7T don't go about exposing those tricks/effects that they don't like, this does sound promising.
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Do they expose effects on this show? I've never seen it...

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No, they do not.

The last show was nothing but great for the image of magic and magicians.
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Any chance of the show coming to north america, either in production, or broadcast?
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I sure hope so!
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Me too!
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On 2011-02-24 06:27, FoolUs wrote:
For the series - hosted by Jonathan Ross - we’re looking for the best magical performers to wow the pair with a jaw-dropping performance. It is all about showcasing the most original, entertaining and baffling magic – all watched live by Penn & Teller and a studio audience. Any magician who manages to fool the pair gets a trip to Las Vegas to perform in their incredible stage show at the Rio Hotel and Casino.


Wow... In hearing you describe it that sounds really exciting and great for magic and magicians! Just so I understand fully... what happens to the ones that DON'T fool "the pair"? Do they just tell you discreetly off camera away from the viewers and studio audience?
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Ray;
I understand the production company just purchased a guillotine for the losers.
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Lol... Oh, good as long as they have options! I thought it was interesting that they said "It is all about showcasing the most original, entertaining and baffling magic" unless of course you're one of the majority of magicians that go on the show and don't fool "the pair". In that case it's all about them showcasing the secret methods you use to make a living for the entertainment of the viewing audience. Seems like bad odds for most people!
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I can see P&T duplicating the effect to match the contestant without revealing how it is accomplished; I don’t know for a fact if this is the method they will use in the show, but it is an option.
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From what I'm hearing, the British magicians don't like this show.

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There are all on YouTube. They are there for you to enjoy.
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Scott, what do you type in to find it?
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You can type in "Penn and Teller Fool Us" and some results from the show will pop up.
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On 2011-07-18 23:01, Howie Diddot wrote:
I can see P&T duplicating the effect to match the contestant without revealing how it is accomplished; I don’t know for a fact if this is the method they will use in the show, but it is an option.


lol.. Howie...my posts were largely tongue in cheek. The problem with the show is that if they figure out the effect, they expose it on television for everyone's amusement (except of course the magician's!). The exposure process seems to be very selective depending on their mood I guess. Sometimes they will discretely draw the proposed solution on a pad and only show the magician. Some times they will speak in thinly veiled code ("He rang in a cooler when he reached under the table" or "He switched the gaff when he turned around"). Yes, they are protecting certain facets of the secret but largely exposing most of it to everyone. Anyone with a DVR can just review everything after they have exposed it and have a good idea what happened rendering the routine largely useless to that particular audience.

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On 2011-07-19 04:10, Gerry Walkowski wrote:
From what I'm hearing, the British magicians don't like this show.


From what I'm hearing... few magicians anywhere like the show. It is just the price some are willing to pay to get their 15 minutes of fame on television.
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I agree with Ray. Can't see why many magicians would seriously like it.

It looks to me like, the magician is either exposed, or proven to be not so great after all. Smile

Much like a heads I win, tails you lose, situation.

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Personally, I enjoy the show. They highlight some great performers I would not otherwise have seen. And, IMO, P & T are very gracious to the performers, respectful to the magic, and make the show a lot of fun.

My wife really enjoys the show too. She doesn't usually like watching magicians on TV and this is one of the few shows magic-themed shows she actually enjoys watching.

I can't speak for magicians in general but, as I mentioned, I think the show is great.

America's Got Talent is way more harsh and negative to the performers.
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