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Bonus Chapter No. 3: Penn & Teller Live at Rio Las Vegas "Cell Fish"

Penn & Teller

Lesson time 7:13 min

Watch Penn & Teller’s unique take on the “card to impossible location” trick in the form of a disappearing cell phone during their live stage show.

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- Good evening. My name is Penn Jillette and my partner, Teller. We are Penn & Teller. Please take out your cell phones and turn them on, and turn your ringers up full. We want you all loud and connected. We're going to choose one of you as a cell phone, invite you to come up on our stage and video our first trick from an angle that we'll show you how that trick is done. If you want a souvenir feeder to take home on your very own cell phone. Teller's found someone who knows how to use their cell phone. Now, what is your name, our newest friend? - Harrison. - Harrison. Hello, Harrison. My name is Penn. Nice to meet you. Can you see your cell phone right here? Got it all turned on and turned up for me there, Harrison. And is there someone in your party that knows your cell phone number there, Harrison? - Yes. - And who's that? - My girlfriend. - What's her name? - Ellie. - Ellie. Do you have special ringtone for Ellie? - Uh. - Why would you? Just your girlfriend. Ellie, give Harrison a call, would you, please? Want to memorize his ringtone. Got microphones right here. Let's memorize the ringtone that Harrison hears when Ellie or anyone else gives him a call. Very romantic, Harrison. Very romantic. Go on, memorize that right there. And no picture of you either, Ellie, just so you know. Hello, Ellie, how are you? Hello, Ellie? Did you hang up on me? You hung up on me? I didn't say anything inappropriate, I didn't ask what you are wearing. Okay. Maybe you to call twice more. Not right this second. I'll tell you when. We're going to put this in video mode. Have you pimped it out, or is it out of the box? - Hm? - Is it out of the box? I can handle it if it's out of the box. Is that right there, Harrison? Stand right there, Harrison. We'll start rolling, make a video for you right now. I think we're already rolling. [CLEARS THROAT] Good evening. My name is Penn Jillette. This is my partner, Teller. We are Penn & Teller. And the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, is pleased to present Harrison. Yeah, give it up for him. Give it up for him. There's Ellie, who hung up on me. Look at that. They're crazy for Harrison. They love their Harrison. They're wild for Harrison. Look at them. And strike a pose, Harrison strike a pose. Beautiful, Harrison. Harrison, we have video of you, we have video of the audience, you have video of us, but as of yet, no video of you on stage with a famous Las Vegas magician. Going to rectify that right now. If you don't recognize him, why would you? All we're going to do is add a little bit of junk jewelry. And you'll know right away, of course, that is Criss Angel right there. Oh, you know you got a one-up. Look at this guy. Look at this guy. You got the ripped-off anarchy symbol, you got the cross, you got the abs, you got Criss, and you got Harrison, and our wonderful Las Vegas audience . Harrison, I need a shot of you walking right to ...

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With more than 40 years performing together, Penn & Teller have sold out shows around the world, earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and created the longest-running headline act in Las Vegas. Now the legendary magicians are taking you behind the curtain. Learn fundamental magic tricks and the psychological tools that create amazement, at home or on stage. Expand your perception of the possible.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This is a brilliant Master Class. The lessons arm you with the tools to create outstanding magic and the lectures truly put you in the mindset of how to be a great magician.

An amazing item. Sure would like to know how it's done.

A phenomenal insight into the world of the magic duo. Easy to follow along, entertaining and fun to learn.

I was especially interested in the slight of hand, but I was surprised by how much the insights about the psychology of magic helped me perfect simple tricks like coin magic.



See them every time in Vegas. Told my dad, who was 72 and doesn't fly, if he would fly, I would take him to see Penn & Teller. He did. I did. Penn took a photo with my dad in the lobby. My dad still says it was one of the greatest nights of his life. Thanks guys!

Brian L.

Totally entertaining and educational. Penn & Teller's style transcends "magic" to the joys of personal interaction.

Huaijin S.

I see. From what we learnt from the previous lessons, I can have a bravery guess about what happened: Teller chose "randomly" the Apple phone but actually this was the type of the phone they prepared, since Apple phone is popular. And Penn attached the real phone on the back of the fake white board person and picked up the Apple phone they prepared from the back of the fake person. Later on, this fake white board person was dragged away and the real phone was placed under an audience chair with a "sealed" fish box. The other parts are just distractions.

James B.

I'm kind of surprised they still do the fish trick considering Penn's a vegan now.


I received an email saying we got a 20+ minutes of new content added to this masterclass, but I couldn’t find it. Where is it? What should I do to take it? Thanks.

Fred D.

I love the segments where they give us full versions of their actual stage show tricks. By the end of the course, you should know how the trick was done, but if not, it should get you thinking about the construction of the trick, how you might do it, and all the different beats, misdirection and timing involved.

Brett G.

Was expecting MUCH more but for the price of admission to what I thought was going to be a much better series. It was OK for the most novice of magicians. Would not recommend this series to anyone who really wants to be a magician.

Brett G.

Was expecting MUCH more but for the price of admission to what I thought was going to be a much better series. It was OK for the most novice of magicians. Would not recommend this series to anyone who really wants to be a magician.

Edward C.

I saw Penn and Teller perform this at the Rio a few years ago. The act is even funnier in person. A logical person may figure out the trick preparations afterwards, but for one moment it works.

parker J.

I loved it it taught all needed to know I am a big fan of penn and teller