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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.

Magic is Entertainment and it is Art and they are excellent at both.

Penn & Teller rock, of course. I appreciated the insight into magic and this total beginner really enjoyed learning the basic French drop and a couple easy card tricks. It makes me want to learn more, for sure!

Inspired me to misdirect the audience in my performance.

I'm already a magician but even after 18 years of doing magic I learned something. And the whole Master Class was really amazing!


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

Scott P.

Loved this class. I can see the comments where people are asking for more. I think that speaks to how much people enjoyed the class and their level of interest in magic. However, I would be surprised if Penn & Teller were to come back and do another. I believe the purpose of this class was to give each of us enough of the basics that would allow us to get started without revealing too much, while also telling us what other avenues we might take to further our education in Magic.

Michelle P.

This class was absolutely wonderful. I would really like to see a second class where they go deeper into the philosophical aspects of magic. I feel like several whole classes could be completely devoted to just the different philosophies presented here. I especially wanted to hear more from session #10. I would love to learn about the revelations that Penn and Teller have discovered in their career that have had the most impact on their lives. Thank you Penn and Teller!!! I thought I just liked you guys before, but now I love you guys!


I really enjoyed this course. I have been a fan of Penn & Teller ever since first seeing them on Broadway about 30 years ago. Although there is so much more that can be taught and learned in magic, this was a nice introduction to some of the basic principles and although I have been performing magic for many years, there were some valuable performance tips and other gems of useful information. I enjoyed the balance between teaching techniques, philosophical discussions surrounding magic, and exploring the art of the performance. It was also fun to see a sample coaching session and a couple of Penn & Tellers own example performances. Overall a solid course! Just like there are multiple courses in the Master Series involving film making, acting, writing, etc. by different instructors, I would welcome additional magic courses by other professional magicians, perhaps delving deeper into a particular area of magic such as coin magic or card magic (would love to see a class taught by Shin Lim)! Was also a treat to see the Johnny Thompson cameo appearances, a person who has contributed so much to the world of magic. He will certainly be missed.