Penn & Teller magicians 'better than BGT'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 June 2011
Penn and Teller

Penn and Teller

American illusionists Penn & Teller claim the acts on their new magic show are better than the ones on 'Britain's Got Talent'

Penn & Teller claim the acts on their new show are better than the ones on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The American illusionists - made up of Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller - star in new programme 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', which invites magic acts to see if their tricks are good enough to fool them, and the duo are impressed with the high level of standard.

Penn said: "We have much better acts than 'Britain's Got Talent'. Magic is hard - you can fool children at a party but to be great is a whole different thing. The hard part about magic is doing it on TV."

Penn - who, along with Teller, started astounding audiences in the 70s - also admitted they will never reveal how they perform their tricks.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "It's just not interesting telling people how a trick is done. It's dull. One of the best ways to conceal a magic method is to pick something so dull that if the audience knew what it was, they'd just think it was ugly.

"They'd think, 'Oh, it's just a string that I couldn't see. I thought it was an electro-magnet. How boring.' The effect is what's beautiful, the way you do it is not. Our challenge is to explain the ugly part without spoiling the beautiful."

'Penn & Teller' - which is hosted by Jonathan Ross' airs on ITV1 on Saturday (18.06.11) at 8pm.

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