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Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Anybody Watching?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by waynomo, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Sep 2, 2014 #1 of 887
    waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    Is anybody watching Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW? This is one of the best magic television shows ever broadcast. If you're into magic or you like Penn & Teller, this show is a must view.

    The production values are great. The selection of magicians that they are showcasing are first rate.

    I think most magic on TV is usually pretty shlocky. This show breaks the mold.
     
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    kdmorse

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    Are these the same episodes that aired in the UK (I think Jonathan Ross was the host), airing in the US for the first time? (Which I've seen)

    Or - are these newly produced episodes I haven't seen before?
     
  3. Sep 2, 2014 #3 of 887
    waynomo

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    These are the ones that aired in the UK with Ross. They are slightly edited down, so assume you got to see more in the UK.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2014 #4 of 887
    dfergie

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    We love them along with the Wizard Wars show with Penn & Teller ...
     
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    Craigbob

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    I prefer wizard wars to fool us.
     
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    Jeeters

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    I've been watching it and enjoying it. I do find it annoying that whenever they pick an audience member to volunteer, the person gets up from their seat and you can see they're already wearing a microphone pack. I realize they might have just already been pre-chosen and given a mic in the interest of time, but it also leads to "I wonder if they're in on it" thoughts.

    I tried watching the first episode of Wizard Wars but couldn't get into it.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2014 #7 of 887
    LifeIsABeach

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    I have been watching it and like it a lot. I saw an interview with Penn & Teller before the show started and they said their favorite trick was one that actually didn't fool them. Unfortunately I forgot what they said and now I keep trying to figure out which one it may have been.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2014 #8 of 887
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I like it.

    They are showing them out of order, however, which only matters because the first one they showed was the only one where they didn't explain what they were (and were not) going to do, which led to some false expectations on my part (it seemed anti-climactic that they kept saying "We know how you did it" and expected us to take their word for it; in the other episodes, they explain up front that they won't be giving away the secrets).
     
  9. Sep 2, 2014 #9 of 887
    bigpuma

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    Was it Piff the Magic Dragon? Penn talks about him on his Sunday School podcast frequently and says he has had the most success since the show despite not fooling them at all.

    Penn also said on his podcast if they get good ratings they may get a second brand new season to make in Vegas for the CW. I have been enjoying it.
     
  10. Sep 2, 2014 #10 of 887
    waynomo

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    Yeah, I think it was Piff.
     
  11. Sep 2, 2014 #11 of 887
    waynomo

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    I didn't even know about Wiazrd War. Damn. Now I need to check it out.
     
  12. Sep 2, 2014 #12 of 887
    JohnB1000

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    I watched one and was driven crazy because the magician did fool them so we never learned how the trick was done :)
     
  13. Sep 2, 2014 #13 of 887
    ebockelman

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    I'm the opposite. Wizard Wars relies way too much on box tricks and slight of hand. It's limited by the props. Fool Us is more wide open, so you get better routines.
     
  14. Sep 2, 2014 #14 of 887
    Ereth

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    I've been enjoying it. I've seen some of the bits before on Youtube, but had never watched the entire show. I tend to fast forward through the Magician Introductions, though. I enjoy the tricks themselves far more than "I'm a street magician in London who has worked hard to learn my craft" for the 14th time.
     
  15. Sep 2, 2014 #15 of 887
    TonyTheTiger

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    I watched it when it was on UK TV and re-watching it now. The quality of the magic is generally very good and the occasional trick is really well thought out and presented.

    It's fun to watch the tricks performed and, as an (ex) amateur magician myself, I love the way P&T handle the tricks. The performers know whether or not they've been fooled and many will give up halfway through Penn's explanation.
     
  16. Sep 2, 2014 #16 of 887
    LifeIsABeach

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    That most likely was it then. Thanks!
     
  17. Sep 3, 2014 #17 of 887
    DUDE_NJX

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    Loved the show. I've had the opportunity to ask Teller about bringing it to the U.S. a couple of years ago. He said they've been in talks with networks for a while, but supposedly the market wasn't ready for it at that time. Hopefully it's ready now!
     
  18. Sep 4, 2014 #18 of 887
    scandia101

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    I like the show. Sometimes I wonder how some of the magicians come on with a standard trick from decades ago thinking that P&T could possibly be fooled by it... and then they get fooled by it.
     
  19. Sep 4, 2014 #19 of 887
    VegasVic

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    There are often several ways to do a particular effect. P&T may know many of them but once in awhile someone is using a technique P&T isn't familiar with. That's cool.
     
  20. Sep 4, 2014 #20 of 887
    NorthAlabama

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    same here - the production values of fool us are higher quality, it has a bigger studio (& audience), and fewer props - i'm watching and enjoying both, though.
     

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