Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour Episode 2 Egypt

Onward to Egypt! Penn & Teller go to the busy streets of Cairo looking for street performers (gali gali).

The cups and balls routine was invented in Egypt by the Gali Gali men thousands of years ago.

Penn & Teller brought their own cans of foods, avoiding the Egyptian food.

Penn & Teller do their 3 of clubs trick for Shona, their driver.

Teller speaks! He talks about sharing tricks with magicians, trying to overcome the language barrier.

While Penn & Teller are doing a trick in a Cairo coffee house, one of the waiters eats glass, bricks and nails

They meet with Koram, the grandson of Luxor Gali Gali, who did magic on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1940s. He does some magic for Teller.

Penn & Teller vanish the pyramids.

Penn & Teller visit with The Great Bafa of Alexandria, a snake swallower. He also does a cigarette vanish.

Penn & Teller head to Beni Hassan tombs, for the earliest representations of the cups and balls. Penn finds some 4000 year old juggling paintings.

They perform their version of the cups and balls in the tomb.

During the closing credits, they float one of the pyramids.

Quotes

“This is Teller brushing his teeth with bottled water. Teller has goggles here that he wears in the shower so he doesn’t get stuff in his eyes when he’s showering. And he actually put tape over his mouth to shower, so he wouldn’t get any microbes in there. We’re Penn & Teller, and we’re here in Egypt, so you don’t have to go.” – Penn Jillette

“Our first taste of Egyptian magic: the Chinese linking rings” – Penn Jillette

“Avast ye maties, I’m on the ship of the desert!” – Penn, just before he goes on an explicit and wild camel ride

“No one knows how many people live in Cairo, but my best guess is 17,272,423, and everyone of them drives. It’s the second most polluted city in the world.” – Penn Jillette

“Since they all heard at our little fanclub that we were eating canned pears, they’ve decided to, now it’s 10 o’clock in the evening over here, and they’re having canned pears at just about noon on the West coast, and we’re enjoying it with them.” – Penn Jillette

Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour Episode 1 China

Welcome to China! Penn & Teller make a visit to the Great Wall, a traditional Chinese magic show, a magic school, various villages, to see how traditional Chinese magic is still performed today.

Notes:Magicians will spend their whole life perfecting a single trick, such as the man who does nothing but produce bowls, or the mask changer. Tricks are passed down from master to apprentice, and the apprentice will not change one thing about the act, even the banter, unlike in the Western world, where new performers always try to improve and personalize each new trick they learn.

Penn & Teller brought their own chicken fried rice and chop-suey from Canada, instead of eating the crickets, sparrows and scorpions available in the local market.

Even inside, the temperature was well below zero when they visited the magic museum in Wu Chow, yet performers would come out and perform their tricks, for only Penn & Teller and the camera crew.

The guys’ van gets hit by a truck, and though one of the crew’s head goes through the rear glass, and Penn’s shoulder through the side window, everyone is alive and (relatively) well.

Penn and a Chinese woman have a session juggling fire. She is 32, and has been juggling since she was 9. She also juggles while standing on a galloping horse.

In Wanking, Teller performs the string and needle trick at the local market.

They close their time in China by performing the national magic trick.
Quotes

“Penn & Teller rule!” – Chinese kids

“All together in his robe, we’re looking at about 80 pounds [of bowls].” – Wendy the translator, referring to the magician who produces bowls on stage

“I don’t know about Teller, but my Chinese food is coming out of a can.” – Penn

“My dad hated three things in the world: acordians, fuzzy catterpillars, and plate spinning.” – Penn Jillette

“Penn & Teller rule!” – A Chinese guy

“This is some sort of nutty dream … where they would build this huge magic world, and it’s very, very clear, if you build it, and don’t heat it, no one will come.” – Penn Jillette

“Penn & Teller rule!” – Chinese men

“Penn & Teller rule!” – Chinese juggler

“Really, what you’re seeing on the streets of China is, they’ve got about seven and a half minutes of material, crammed into two and a half hours.” – Penn Jillette

The Most Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller Episode 6 With Chris Reeve

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Christopher Reeve guest stars in the final episode of The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller. They start the show by performing the British version of the bullet catch, the lima bean catch. Penn narrates while Teller performs The Domestication of (Balloon) Animals., they perform Cups and Balls Trick with clear plastic cups, and show you a trick you can do on a date. Then Penn cuts up Teller in The Audio-Animatronic Teller Trick. Christopher Reeve asks P&T how he can join The Magic Circle so P&T have him perform a few satanic rituals.

The Most Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller Episode 5 With Alexei Sayle

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Penn & Teller invite some children on stage to observe them freezing mice with liquid nitrogen. Alexei Sayle performs stand-up then Penn shows him how dying on stage is really done. Teller performs slight of hand while Penn explains how it’s done. P&T perform the world’s most expensive card trick. At the end of the show Penn & Teller swear on their mothers graves that they have never and will never use camera tricks to perform magic.

The Most Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller Episode 4 With Fiona Fullerton

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Penn & Teller show the audience how to do the eye-popping trick with creamer. Teller scams some free food with his magic blister removing powder. P&T perform the Room 101 Card Trick which involves bacon, rats and Teller’s head. The guys teach guest Fiona Fullerton how to do the Pasta ala Stigmata trick. Penn tells a childhood story while Teller performs the king of animal traps. They close the show by having the entire Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller show crew swear that they are not using camera tricks.

The Most Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller Episode 3 With Dawn French

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Penn juggles broken bottles after being heckled by a brit. P&T perform the sleepy card trick, guest Dawn French gets to suck out Teller’s eyeball shells. Teller does the thumb trick for Dawn and gets blood all over her. Penn and a woman flirt while fire eating to music. Teller has some fun with a rabbit and a wood chipper and they end the show by swearing on a stack of bibles that they have never and will never use any camera tricks.

The Most Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller Episode 2 With John Cleese

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Penn & Teller teach a few hundred people the disappearing hanky trick. They perform the Chinese water torture card trick with guest John Cleese and explain a card force that you can do at home (with Jon Snow). Also the magicians make bugs appear out of thin air. At the end of the show P&T swear on a king james bible, that belonged to Teller’s grandmother, that they have never and will never use any camera tricks.

The Most Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller Episode 1 With Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry guest stars in the first episode of The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller. P&T perform the Real Mans Card Trick, the hanging upside down Are We Live? trick, destroy and restore Stephen Fry’s watch and have an audience member perform a Houdini trick.

“Houdini would have been out by now” – Penn Jillette