Penn & TellerTeach the Art of Magic

Penn & Teller

Teach the Art of Magic
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14+ Lessons

World-renowned magicians Penn & Teller teach trick psychology, buildable techniques, and the perceptual tools that astonish audiences.


A downloadable companion book accompanies the class with supplemental information and illustrated step-by-step guides to performing magic tricks.


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Lesson Plan

  • 01

    Meet Penn & Teller

    Meet your new instructors: Emmy-winning magicians Penn & Teller, who have dazzled audiences for more than 40 years. Penn & Teller share the tricks they’ll teach you and how the thinking behind magic can resonate beyond the stage.

  • 02

    Sleight of Hand: The French Drop

    Penn & Teller teach the French drop, one of the most fundamental sleight of hand methods. With students watching, they break down the steps of the trick and explain how it’s a building block for hundreds of other tricks.

  • 03

    Cups and Balls

    Once you’ve mastered the French drop, you can expand upon that method to develop a routine with cups and balls. Penn & Teller demonstrate a few of the countless variations you can do with cups and balls.

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    • 04

      What Is Magic?

      Magic is an intellectual art form that requires the audience’s engagement as well as their suspension of disbelief. In this chapter, Penn & Teller crack open the philosophical and psychological concepts behind performing magic.

    • 05


      Penn & Teller are masters of misdirection. Learn how to use misdirection to persuade the audience to hear the story they want to believe.

    • 06

      Coin Magic

      Coin magic involves the principles of sound misdirection, sleight of hand, and palming. In this chapter, Penn & Teller teach various coin magic tricks that delight audiences of all ages.

    • 07

      Magic Vs. Lying

      To convince an audience, you need to encourage them to arrive at a conclusion on their own. Penn & Teller discuss their philosophy on the deception inherent in magic.

    • 08

      Mentalist or Crook?

      Mentalism is a genre of magic that exists across a spectrum of morality. Learn how Penn & Teller use mentalism to perform a “mind-reading” trick for entertainment purposes only.

    • 09

      Card Magic

      Learn the fundamental moves in card magic that can unlock a world of tricks at your fingertips.

    • 10

      Exploiting the Best of the Human Brain

      How are magicians able to fool audiences? They take advantage of the brain's vulnerabilities. Penn & Teller dive into some of the physiological aspects of the human brain and how it relates to magic.

    • 11

      Rope Tricks

      Rope tricks play with images of destruction and resurrection. Penn & Teller walk you through their version of cut and restored rope tricks.

    • 12

      Principles of Performing

      Authenticity, practice, and research are key strategies for perfecting a performance. As veterans of the stage, Penn & Teller draw from their years of experience to share wisdom and advice for aspiring performers of all disciplines.

    • 13

      Cause and Effect

      Magic oversimplifies and distorts the principles of cause and effect. In this chapter, Penn & Teller discuss the philosophical aspects of cause and effect in relation to magic and the human psyche.

    • 14

      The Joy of Magic

      Empathy, wonder, joy: these emotions are all part of the shared experience of a magic performance. Teller shares a rare emotional account of a childhood memory that sent him on a lifelong path of bringing joy to others through magic.

    • 15

      Bonus Chapter No. 1: Advanced Student Coaching

      Matt Donnelly is a co-host of the podcast Penn’s Sunday School and has recently started to learn magic. Penn & Teller team up with legendary magician Johnny Thompson to coach him on a chop-cup routine that requires a lot of practice and technical skill.

    • 16

      Bonus Chapter No. 2: Piff the Magic Dragon

      A professional magician with years of experience, Piff the Magic Dragon gets advice and coaching from Penn & Teller and Johnny Thompson on a new routine that he has created largely from scratch.

  • 17

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

    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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