Jonathan Ross hosts magic show

Jonathan Ross is to host ITV magic show 'Penn and Teller: Fool Us' this Christmas in which wannabe magicians try and trick the famous US act

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Jonathan Ross is to host a magic show this Christmas.

The TV presenter will front 'Penn and Teller: Fool Us', a 90 minute one-off programme for ITV1, in which amateur illusionists try to trick the US conjuring duo - who will sit in the audience and not know who the aspiring magicians are - in order to win a trip to Las Vegas, where they will open the pair's show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Penn said: "Nothing would delight us more than to give those Vegas tickets to anyone who can baffle us with their brilliance."

Executive producer Peter Davey can't wait for the show to air over the festive season.

He said: "It's a real pleasure to work with the undisputed governors of magic and their friend Jonathan."

The show will be Jonathan's first presenting job since leaving the BBC last July.

It also comes shortly after news that the 50-year-old star has signed a deal to develop shows for production company Endemol including 'Big Brother' replacement 'The Golden Cage'.

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