Penn & Teller: Fool Us

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Penn & Teller: Fool Us is a magic competition television program in which magicians perform tricks in front of American magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller. Its first two seasons were hosted by Jonathan Ross, and the third season onwards by Alyson Hannigan. Fool Us was filmed at Fountain Studios in London, England (season 1) and the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas (season 2 onward). After each performance, if Penn & Teller cannot figure out how a trick was done, the magician(s) who performed it win a trophy and a five-star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller's show, also at the Rio Hotel & Casino.[2]

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
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Also known as
  • Fool Us
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us in Vegas
Genre
  • Entertainment
  • Comedy
Created by
Presented by
Judges
  • Penn Jillette
  • Teller
Narrated byDominic Byrne (season 1)
Composer(s)
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes80 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Andrew Golder
  • Peter Davey
  • Peter Adam Golden
  • Lincoln Hiatt
Producer(s)Johnny Thompson
Production location(s)
Running time
  • 45 minutes
  • 65 minutes (pilot)
Production company(s)
DistributorDCD Rights[1]
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (Seasons 1 & 2)
CBS Studios International (Season 3-present)
Release
Original network
Picture format1080i
Original release7 January 2011 (2011-01-07) –
present (present)
External links
Website

On 31 March 2020, it was announced that a seventh season was set to premiere on 22 June 2020.[3] The season was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic and premiered on time.[4]

FormatEdit

Each episode starts off with the introduction stating the purpose of the series. Penn & Teller come out and take their seats towards center stage, and hopeful magicians perform (6 in the pilot, 4 in seasons 1-Present) their acts in front of them with a live studio audience. After each performance, Penn & Teller privately confer and may examine any of the trick's props, while the host interviews the magicians. Penn & Teller then reveal if they know how the trick was performed, typically using cryptic language or writing down the method and presenting it privately to the magicians to confirm, so as to avoid publicly exposing the secrets behind the trick. Teller notes that the doublespeak helps teach people new techniques without spoiling the trick.[5] If Penn & Teller are wrong, or cannot come up with how the trick was done, the magician wins a Fool Us trophy (as of season 2; no trophies were awarded in season 1) and the opportunity to later perform at one of Penn & Teller's Las Vegas shows. A backstage judge, who is versed in the techniques of the magic industry and privately informed how the trick is done prior to the show, makes any necessary calls whether Penn & Teller were properly fooled. At the end of each episode, Penn & Teller perform a magic act of their own.

ProductionEdit

The pilot of Fool Us was first commissioned by John Kaye Cooper, the controller of entertainment for ITV.[6] In February 2011, it was announced that due to good viewing figures, a series of eight episodes had been commissioned, and would be produced by September Films and 1/17 Productions.[7] The eight episodes were shot in a ten-day filming block, and began airing in June 2011.[8]

It was announced on 28 June 2012 that ITV had cancelled the show, despite averaging 4 million viewers, higher than the norm for the timeslot.[9] After finding moderate ratings success in running the ITV-produced episodes during the summer of 2014, The CW ordered a second season of original episodes to air in 2015.[10] The second season was a ratings hit for The CW, giving the network its highest ratings in that time slot compared to the previous five years.[11]

On 11 August 2015 the series was renewed for a third season by The CW.[12] The third season premiered on 13 July 2016,[13][14] now hosted by Alyson Hannigan.[15] The fourth season premiered on 13 July 2017.[2][16] The series was renewed for a fifth season. A special one-off April Fool's episode was broadcast on 2 April 2018 as a precursor to the fifth season, and the fifth season premiered on 25 June 2018.[17][18] After another April Fool's episode on 1 April 2019, Penn & Teller: Fool Us was renewed for a sixth season on 9 October 2018;[19] which premiered on 17 June 2019.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
197 January 2011 (2011-01-07)28 August 2011 (2011-08-28)ITV
2136 July 2015 (2015-07-06)5 October 2015 (2015-10-05)The CW
31313 July 2016 (2016-07-13)16 September 2016 (2016-09-16)
41313 July 2017 (2017-07-13)30 November 2017 (2017-11-30)
51325 June 2018 (2018-06-25)1 October 2018 (2018-10-01)
61317 June 2019 (2019-06-17)30 September 2019 (2019-09-30)
7TBA22 June 2020 (2020-06-22)TBA

The performers of each episode that fooled Penn & Teller in the episode are listed in bold type.

Season 1 (2011)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code [a]
UK viewers
(millions) [b]
1Pilot"How to Saw a Woman in Half"7 January 2011 (2011-01-07)1094.28[20]
  • Ali Cook, close-up and stage magician, British
  • Richard Bellars, close-up and stage magician, British
  • Michael Vincent, close-up and stage magician, British
  • John Archer, magical comedy entertainer, British
  • James More, stage magician and illusionist, British
  • Benjamin Earl, card manipulator, British

ITV website exclusives

  • Morgan & West, close-up and stage magicians, British
  • Damien O'Brien, street magician, British
  • Noel Qualter, close-up magician, British
21"Teller Sucks... Helium"18 June 2011 (2011-06-18)1074.07[20]
  • High Jinx, illusionists and circus performers, British
  • Jon Allen, street magician, British
  • Graham Jolley, mind reader and mentalist, British
32"Stab a Card, Any Card..."25 June 2011 (2011-06-25)1023.57[20]
  • Mark Shortland, magical comedy entertainer, British
  • Mathieu Bich, card illusionist, French
  • Young and Strange, street stage illusionists, British
  • Daniel Madison, card illusionist, British
43"Solid Goldfish"2 July 2011 (2011-07-02)1033.12[20]
  • Piff the Magic Dragon,[c] magical comedy entertainer, British
  • Soma, illusionist, Hungarian
  • Alan Hudson, close-up magician, British
  • Damien O'Brien, street magician, British
54"Teller is a Blockhead"9 July 2011 (2011-07-09)1043.27[20]
  • Daniel Kramer, illusionist, British
  • Romany, the Diva of Magic, burlesque dancer and magician, British
  • Alan Rorrison, close-up magician, British
  • Richard Bellars, illusionist, British
65"Penn Gets Nailed"16 July 2011 (2011-07-16)1053.29[20]
  • Cubic Act, illusionists, French
  • Nick Einhorn, mentalist, British
  • Michael Vincent, close-up and stage magician, British
  • Morgan & West, close-up and stage magicians, British
76"The Magic of Polyester"23 July 2011 (2011-07-23)1063.62[20]
  • Gazzo, street magician, British
  • Colin McLeod, mentalist, British
  • Keelan and Charlotte, quick-change artists, British
  • Brynolf & Ljung, illusionists, Swedish
87"A Bellyful of Needles"30 July 2011 (2011-07-30)1013.22[20]
98"Water Tanks for the Memories"28 August 2011 (2011-08-28)108N/A
  • Lee Hathaway, cabaret act and close-up magician, British
  • Jack Taperell, close-up magician, British
  • Laura London, illusionist, British
  • Paul & Martin Daniels, renowned magicians, British
  1. ^ As listed in U.S. listings
  2. ^ SD viewers only.
  3. ^ Although Piff, after being shown Teller's deduction, stated that he did not fool Penn & Teller, Penn later admitted in a blog post that he and Teller had gotten Piff's technique wrong but Piff humbly played along with them, although this has not been mentioned on-screen.[21] Piff's subsequent guest appearances on the show in the episodes "Something Fishy This Way Comes" and "Penn the Magic Dragon" have been as a joint magic performance act alongside Penn & Teller at the end of each episode.
  4. ^ Although Penn & Teller saw Farquhar perform a deck switch, which they had previously decided would automatically mean a contestant did not fool them, they considered themselves fooled because they could not explain the essence of how Farquhar had performed his card trick.
  5. ^ Martinez presented himself as Cuban, but was outed as British by Penn & Teller following the conclusion of his act.

Unaired segments include:

  • Chris Cox, mind reader, British (unaired as he was the only performer who failed in his performance)
  • James Brown, stage magician, British[22]
  • Marc Oberon, card magician, British[23]
  • David Masters, illusionist, British[24]
  • Noel Qualter, close-up magician, British[24]
  • David Jay, illusionist, British

Season 2 (2015)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
101"Phone-y Business"6 July 2015 (2015-07-06)2021.66[25]
  • Jon Armstrong, close-up magician, American
  • Xavier Mortimer, illusionist, French
  • The Shocker, mentalist/illusionist, American
  • Steven Brundage, close-up magician, American
112"The Invisi-Ball Thread"13 July 2015 (2015-07-13)2032.01[26]
  • Leon and Romy, illusionists, American/Australian
  • Mike Hammer, illusionist, American
  • Shin Lim, close-up magician, Canadian-American
  • Peter Boie, illusionist, American
123"Shoot to Kill"20 July 2015 (2015-07-20)2011.81[27]
  • Brian Brushwood, close-up magician, American
  • Simon Pierro, illusionist, German
  • Handsome Jack, comedy magician, American
  • Kyle Knight & Mistie, illusionist, American
134"Knife of the Party"27 July 2015 (2015-07-27)2042.24[28]
  • Austin Janik, close-up, American
  • Amazing Allison, mentalist, American
  • Mac King, illusionist, American
  • Norman Ng, close-up magician, American
145"Mission Impossi-Ball"3 August 2015 (2015-08-03)2052.06[29]
  • Bill Cook, close-up magician, American
  • Wes Barker, illusionist, Canadian
  • Matthew Holtzclaw, close-up magician, American
  • David Regal, illusionist, American
156"Now THAT'S Bunny!"10 August 2015 (2015-08-10)2062.35[30]
  • Jay Sankey, close-up magician, Canadian
  • Greg Wilson, illusionist, American
  • Trigg Watson, close-up magician, American
  • Jen Kramer, close-up magician, American
167"Penn's Favorite Card Trick"17 August 2015 (2015-08-17)2072.10[31]
  • Kostya Kimlat, card magician, Ukrainian-American
  • Frederick Falk, close-up magician, American
  • Chris Funk, card/stage magician, Canadian
  • Nate Dendy, stage magician, American
178"Teller Plays with a Full Deck"24 August 2015 (2015-08-24)2091.87[32]
  • Blake Vogt, close-up magician, American
  • Joshua Jay, close-up magician, American
  • Levent, comedy magician, American
  • Ben Seidman, illusionist, American
189"Star Spangled Magic"31 August 2015 (2015-08-31)2102.11[33]
  • Riley Siegler, close-up magician, American
  • Jade, illusionist, Chinese-American
  • Ran'd Shine, close-up magician, American
  • David Roth,[a] coin magician, American
1910"Teller Deflowers a Shadow"14 September 2015 (2015-09-14)2121.46[34]
  • Scott Alexander & Puck, illusionist, American
  • Eric Jones, coin magician, American
  • Mark Calabrese, close-up/card, American
  • Paul Vigil, mentalist, American[b]
2011"Where There's Smoke There's Magic"21 September 2015 (2015-09-21)2111.15[35]
  • Joel Meyers & Spidey, mentalist, American
  • Rick Lax, close-up/card magician, American
  • Marcus Eddie, illusionist, American
  • Bruce Gold, comedy magician, American
2112"Penn & Teller Ring Someone's Neck"28 September 2015 (2015-09-28)2081.34[36]
  • Victor & Diamond, illusionists, American
  • Francis Menotti, mentalist, American
  • Nash Fung, close-up magician, Chinese-American
  • Chad Juros, rope magician, American
2213"An Egg-Cellent Trick"5 October 2015 (2015-10-05)2131.36[37]
  • Derek Hughes, close-up/card magician, American
  • Reuben Moreland, illusionist, American
  • Suzanne, close-up magician, American
  • Jared Kopf, mentalist, American
  1. ^ Roth's award was given as an honorary award since Roth pioneered coin magic, and Penn & Teller stated that they only knew the tricks because they had read his books.
  2. ^ Although Paul Vigil did not fool them, Penn admitted that the only reason they know how his trick is done is because they have read it in Paul's books.

Season 3 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
231"Won't Get Fooled Again...?"13 July 2016 (2016-07-13)3041.46[38]
  • Shawn Farquhar,[a] mentalist, Canadian
  • Michael Kent, comedy magician, American
  • Nathan Burton, illusionist, American
  • Nathan Coe Marsh, close-up magician, American[b]
242"Jesse Eisenberg Gets Carded"20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)3031.21[39]
  • Brett Loudermilk, sword swallower, American
  • Dan Harlan, close-up/card magician, American
  • Ryan Joyce, illusionist, Canadian
  • Kyle Eschen, comedy magician, American
253"Have A Blast"27 July 2016 (2016-07-27)3021.18[40]
  • Robert Ramirez, comedy mentalist, Mexican
  • Dominik (Krzanowski), illusionist, Polish-British
  • Joel Ward, comedy magician, American
  • Mahdi Gilbert, close-up/card magician, Canadian
264"Penn Plays With Fire"3 August 2016 (2016-08-03)3051.42[41]
  • David and Leeman, comedy magician, American
  • Jibrizy, close-up magician, American
  • Rick Maisel, escape artist, American
  • Felix Bodden, close-up/card magician, Dominican
275"You Dirty Rathead!"10 August 2016 (2016-08-10)3011.43[42]
  • Alex Ramon, illusionist, American
  • Greg Frewin, illusionist, Canadian
  • Vinny Grosso, comedy magician, American
  • Arthur Trace, close-up magician, American
286"Penn & Teller Snake their Chances"17 August 2016 (2016-08-17)3091.47[43]
  • Elliot Zimet, illusionist, American
  • Paul Gertner, close-up/card magician, American
  • Matthew DiSero, comedy mentalist, Canadian
  • Rokas Bernatonis, illusionist, Lithuanian
297"Juggle, Juggle, Penn's in Trouble"24 August 2016 (2016-08-24)3081.49[45]
  • Vitaly Beckman, illusionist, Russian
  • Simon Coronel,[c] illusionist, Australian
  • Mac King, comedy magician, American
  • Kevin Viner, mentalist, American
308"Here's Moxie!"31 August 2016 (2016-08-31)3031.78[46]
  • Matthew Laslo, illusionist, American
  • Rob Zabrecky, mentalist, American
  • David Garrard, illusionist, American
  • Wayne Hoffman, mentalist, American
319"The Great Escape"2 September 2016 (2016-09-02)3071.28[47]
  • Xavier Mortimer, illusionist, French
  • Fielding West, comedy magician, American
  • Caleb Wiles, close up/card magician, American
  • Kevin Hall The Magic Maniac, comedy magician, American
3210"To Tea Or Not To Tea?"7 September 2016 (2016-09-07)3101.54[48]
  • Timon Krause, mentalist, Dutch
  • Kyle Marlett, close up/card magician, American
  • The Evasons, mentalists, Canadian
  • Chef Anton, illusionist, American
3311"Penn & Teller Get Trapped"9 September 2016 (2016-09-09)3111.41[49]
  • Christopher Tracy & Jim Leach,[d] comedy magician, American
  • Neil Croswell, illusionist, Canadian
  • Ben Young, illusionist, American
  • Henok, mentalist, Ethiopian/Irish
3412"Penn & Teller Rip for your Pleasure"14 September 2016 (2016-09-14)3121.38[50]
  • Joseph Réohm, illusionist, American
  • Brent Braun, close-up/card magician, American
  • Chris Rose, close-up magician, American
  • Charles Bach, illusionist, American
3513"Can Penn & Teller Fool Penn & Teller"16 September 2016 (2016-09-16)3131.34[51]
  • Anthony Asimov, close-up magician, American
  • Angela Funovits, mentalist, American
  • Ivan Amodei, mentalist, American
  • Vince Charming, illusionist, American
  1. ^ Appeared in a previous episode where they fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ Penn admitted that they do not know how he got the golf ball inside the jar, but the contestant agreed that he did not fool them, since they got all the other parts of the trick.
  3. ^ Although Coronel indicated during the initial broadcast that he had not fooled Penn & Teller, they confirmed in their "April Fool Us Day" special on 2 April 2018, that they had indeed been fooled.[44]
  4. ^ Performed as the magic duo "Hal & Kellar" parodying Penn & Teller.

Season 4 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
361"Penn & Teller Teach You a Trick"13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)4021.62[52]
  • Richard Turner, card mechanic, American
  • Young & Strange, illusionist, British
  • Kayla Drescher, illusionist, American
  • Mike Super, mentalist, American
372"Penn, Teller and a Mind Reading Chicken"20 July 2017 (2017-07-20)4011.72[53]
  • Jonathan Burns, comedy magician, American
  • Jo De Rijck, mentalist, Belgian
  • David Caserta, illusionist, American
  • Jimmy Ichihana, close-up/card magician, American
383"Teller Flips a Bird"27 July 2017 (2017-07-27)4031.56[54]
394"50/50 Chance"3 August 2017 (2017-08-03)4051.64[55]
  • Matt Johnson, escape artist, Canadian
  • Siegfried Tieber, close-up/card magician, Ecuadorian
  • Jafo (Jason Fields), close-up/coin magician, American
  • Jessica Jane Peterson, illusionist, American
405"Does This Trick Ring a Bell?"10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)4071.53[56]
  • Dyno Staats, illusionist, American
  • Aiden Sinclair, mentalist, American
  • Axel Adler, illusionist, Swedish
  • David Parr, close-up/card magician, American
416"Something Fishy This Way Comes"17 August 2017 (2017-08-17)4121.49[58]
  • Dan Sperry, illusionist, American
  • Jean-Pierre Parent,[b] comedy magician, Canadian
  • Naathan Phan, illusionist, Scottish
  • Richard Forget, illusionist, Canadian
427"A Big Round of Applause for Alyson"24 August 2017 (2017-08-24)4111.48[59]
  • Riccardo Berdini, mentalist, Italian
  • Yan Markson, mentalist/magician, Russian-Canadian
  • Ondřej Pšenička, close-up magician, Czech
  • Glenn Morphew, close-up/card magician, American
438"I Dream of Genie Tube"7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)4101.42[60]
449"Penn & Teller Are Full of Hot Air"14 September 2017 (2017-09-14)4131.48[61]
  • Liberty Larsen, close-up/card magician, American
  • Jorge Blass, close-up/card magician, Spanish
  • Paul Gertner, close-up/card magician, American
  • Sergio Starman, close-up magician, Italian
4510"Monkey Business"21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)4041.55[62]
  • Sean-Paul & Juliana Fay, close-up/card magicians, American
  • Jason Andrews, illusionist, American
  • Eric Mead, close-up magician, American
  • Reza Borchardt, card magician, American
4611"Penn Does the Heavy Lifting"25 September 2017 (2017-09-25)4090.92[63]
  • Stuart MacDonald, close-up magician, American
  • Kyle Littleton, card magician, American
  • Lion Fludd, close-up/card magician, American
  • The Beckers, illusionists, American
4712"Penn & Teller & Dracula"28 September 2017 (2017-09-28)4081.66[64]
  • Mike Bliss, comedy magician, American
  • Ekaterina, mentalist, Canadian
  • Javi Benitez, close-up/card magician, Spanish
  • Ran Gafner, mentalist, Israeli
4813"Hanging Out with Penn & Teller"30 November 2017 (2017-11-30)[d]4061.14[65]
  • Patrik Kuffs, close-up/card magician, French-Canadian
  • Todd Lamanske, card magician, American
  • Adam Wilber, close-up/card magician, American
  • Hector, close-up illusionist, Spanish
  • Jen Kramer and AmberLynn Walker[c]
  1. ^ Appeared in a previous episode where they fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ It was later revealed that Penn & Teller were only fooled due to the actions of one of the show's writers, Matt Donnelly.[57]
  3. ^ Outside of competition, performed in the magic act at the end of the episode together with Penn & Teller.
  4. ^ Scheduled 2 October 2017 airing of this episode was postponed following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.

Season 5 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
49"April Fool Us Day"2 April 2018 (2018-04-02)N/A0.94[66]
A special episode.
501"Penn the Magic Dragon"25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)5031.35[67]
  • Matt Marcy, comedy magician, American
  • The Sentimentalists, mentalism, Canadian
  • Andrew Evans, illusionist, American
  • Dom Chambers, close-up magician, Australian
512"The Rematch"2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)5021.34[68]
  • Vinny Grosso,[a] comedy magician, American
  • Morgan & West,[a] close-up and stage, British
  • Paul Gertner,[a] close-up/card magician, American
  • Eric Jones,[a] coin magician, American
523"Penn & Teller Get Loopy"9 July 2018 (2018-07-09)5041.29[69]
  • Ryan Chandler, close-up magician, American
  • Ryan Hayashi, samurai/coin magician, Asian-Canadian
  • Dirk Losander, illusionist, German
  • Ed Ripley, close-up magician, American
534"Here Comes the Magic"16 July 2018 (2018-07-16)5011.39[70]
  • Danny Cole, illusionist, American
  • Kostya Kimlat,[a] card magician, Ukrainian-American
  • Håkan Berg, comedy magician, Swedish
  • John Hinton, close-up magician, American
545"Psych!!"23 July 2018 (2018-07-23)5081.45[71]
  • Emily Victoria, mentalist, American
  • Patrick Folkerts, illusionist, German
  • Migz, close-up/card magician, American
  • Seth Grabel, escape artist, American
556"Penn & Teller Against the World"30 July 2018 (2018-07-30)5061.38[72]
  • Taijyu Fujiyama, close-up/stage magician, Japanese
  • Pit Hartling, close-up/card magician, German
  • Helen Coghlan, illusionist, Australian
  • Menny Lindenfeld, mentalist, Israeli
567"Imagine (Magic) Dragons"6 August 2018 (2018-08-06)5051.31[73]
  • Erik Tait, comedy magician, American
  • Rebecca Herrera, mentalist, British
  • TanBA, danger magician, Japanese
  • Ian Stewart, stunt magician/hypnotist, Canadian
578"Here Lie Penn & Teller"13 August 2018 (2018-08-13)5091.60[74]
  • Damien James, mentalist/ventriloquist, Canadian
  • Kelvin Chow, close-up/card magician, Chinese
  • Joshua Lozoff, mentalist, American
  • Murray SawChuck, illusionist, Canadian
589"Teller's Gambling Problem"20 August 2018 (2018-08-20)5111.28[75]
  • Will Bradshaw, stunt magician, American
  • Eric Dittelman, comedy mentalist, American
  • Christian Engblom, close-up/card magician, Finnish
  • Compagnie des Dragonfly, illusionist group, French
5910"Penn & Teller Keep You In Suspense"27 August 2018 (2018-08-27)5071.62[76]
  • Simon Pierro, illusionist, German
  • Nicholas Wallace, danger magician, Canadian
  • Darcy Oake, close-up/card magician, Canadian
  • Alex Geiser, coin magician, American
6011"The Fool Us Zone"3 September 2018 (2018-09-03)5101.34[77]
  • Tyler Twombly, close-up illusionist, American
  • Dr. Michael Rubinstein, coin magician, American
  • Anastasia Synn, illusionist, American
  • Adam Cheyer, card magician, American
6112"Never Trust A Magician"24 September 2018 (2018-09-24)5120.89[78]
  • Alexandra Duvivier,[b] card magician, French
  • Christine Barger & Darlene Hollywood, mentalists, American
  • Jamie Allan, close-up illusionist, British
  • Christopher Grace, mentalist, Irish-American
6213"Let's Hear It For The Kids"1 October 2018 (2018-10-01)5131.16[79]
  • Kiko Pastur, close-up magician, Spanish
  • Jason Palter, comedy magician, Canadian
  • Michael Gee, card magician, British
  • Bryan Saint, illusionist, American
  1. ^ a b c d e Appeared in a previous episode where they fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ Penn & Teller later revealed on their "April Fool Us Day" special on 1 April 2019 that in scenes deleted from the episode, Duvivier initially indicated that she had not fooled them, due to her misunderstanding Penn's cryptic language. However, after Teller went backstage and spoke with her privately about her techniques used on stage, he informed Penn that they had gotten their deductions wrong. They then called Duviver back to the stage and told her that they were indeed fooled by her, which was shown during the original broadcast.

Season 6 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
63"April Fool Us Day 2019"1 April 2019 (2019-04-01)N/A0.74[citation needed]
A special episode.
641"David Copperfield vs. Penn & Teller"17 June 2019 (2019-06-17)6011.31[80]
  • Jan Reinder, stunt magician, Dutch
  • Ondřej Pšenička,[a] close-up/card magician, Czech
  • Giancarlo Bernini, close-up magician, American
  • Penn & Teller,[b] comedy magicians, American
652"They're Baaack!"24 June 2019 (2019-06-24)6021.10[81]
  • Javi Benitez,[a] close-up magician, Spanish
  • Rebecca Herrera,[a] mentalist, British
  • Helen Coghlan,[a] escapologist, Australian
  • Danny Cole,[a] illusionist, American
663"Penn & Teller vs. Inventors"1 July 2019 (2019-07-01)6031.14[82]
  • Arkadia, comedy mentalist, Swedish
  • Harry Keaton, hypnotist, German
  • Jandro, comedy mentalist, Spanish
  • Derek Selinger, danger magician/illusionist, American
674"Penn & Teller Cure the Common Code"8 July 2019 (2019-07-08)6041.15[83]
  • Anna DeGuzman, card manipulator, American
  • Raffaele Scircoli, mentalist, Italian
  • Allen Abbott, illusionist, American
  • Axel Hecklau, close-up magician, German
685"Penn & Teller Hit the Streets"15 July 2019 (2019-07-15)6051.18[84]
  • Adrián Carratalá, close-up magician, Spanish
  • Kevin Blake, card mentalist, American
  • Ryan Stock & AmberLynn Walker, illusionists/danger duo, Canadian
  • Christopher Castellini, mentalist, Italian
696"Duck! It's Alyson!"22 July 2019 (2019-07-22)6061.18[85]
  • Jimmy Ichihana, close-up/card magician, American
  • Herbert & Alyson,[c] illusionists, Belgian
  • Eric Samuels, mentalist, Canadian
  • Rabby Yang, mentalist, Chinese
707"Are You Better Magicians Than a 6th Grader?"29 July 2019 (2019-07-29)6071.15[86]
  • Hans Petter Secker, card mechanic, Norwegian
  • Xulio Merino, close-up magician, Spanish
  • Zoe LaFleur, close-up/card magician, American
  • Josh Farley, illusionist, American
718"2nd Chance Foolers"5 August 2019 (2019-08-05)6081.24[87]
  • Marcus Eddie, close-up/card magic, American
  • Kevin Li, mentalism, American
  • Blake Vogt & Jana, danger magic, American & N/A
  • Robert Ramirez, close-up magic, Mexican
729"Magic Meatballs"19 August 2019 (2019-08-19)6091.25[88]
  • Anca & Lucca, mentalist duo, Austrian
  • Tom Stone, illusionist, Swedish
  • Jon & Owen (The Passing Zone), juggling magic duo, American
  • Horret Wu, close-up/card magician, Taiwanese
7310"Magical Moxie"26 August 2019 (2019-08-26)6101.21[89]
  • Wolfgang Moser, illusionist, Austrian
  • Johnny Magic, mentalist, American
  • Pere Rafart, comedy magician, Spanish
  • Giacomo Bertini, coin magician, Italian
7411"The Mind Noodler"9 September 2019 (2019-09-09)6111.14[90]
  • Scott Green, comedy mentalist, American
  • Matt Donnelly: The Mind Noodler, comedy magician, American
  • Doc Dixon, comedy magician, American
  • Sangsoon Kim, close-up illusionist, Korean
7512"Magic is Bad for Your Health"23 September 2019 (2019-09-23)6120.88[91]
  • Lucy Darling, stage magician, Canadian
  • Nestor Hato, close-up/card magician, French
  • Alfonso Rituerto, coin magician, Spanish
  • Keelan Leyser & Matt Daniel-Baker, illusionist duo, British
7613"Virtual Reality"30 September 2019 (2019-09-30)6130.91[92]
  • Woody Aragon, close-up/card magician, Spanish
  • Denny Corby, mentalist, American
  • Sinbad Max, coin magician, Chinese
  • John Walton, mentalist, American
77"Merry Fool Us"29 November 2019 (2019-11-29)N/AN/A

A special episode. All the performers received a special holiday themed participation trophy.

  • Mat Franco, card magician, American
  • Adam Trent, illusionist, American
  • Asi Wind, magician/mentalist, Israeli
  • Mark Shortland, magical comedy entertainer, British
  1. ^ a b c d e Appeared in a previous episode where they fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ Magician David Copperfield was invited to judge the act
  3. ^ Herbert's real name is Sebastien Dethise.

Season 7 (2020)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
781"Third Time's the Charm"22 June 2020 (2020-06-22)TBA1.13[93]
  • Shawn Farquhar,[a] close-up card magic, Canadian
  • Helen Coghlan,[a] escapology, Australian
  • Ondřej Pšenička,[a] card magic, Czech
  • Paul Gertner,[a] close-up card magic, American
792"Teller vs. Penn"29 June 2020 (2020-06-29)TBA1.02[94]
  • Eric Leclerc, close-up magician, Canadian
  • Dev Sherman, close-up/card magician, New Zealander
  • Conan Liu, illusionist, Chinese
  • Rubén Vilagrand, comedy magician, Spanish
  • Penn Jillette,[b] juggler, American
803"Fool Us: The Home Game"6 July 2020 (2020-07-06)TBATBD
  • Caleb Wiles, card magic, American
  • D.K., close-up illusionist, Korean
  • Wes Iseli, mentalism, American
  • Alana, close-up illusionist, German
814"Teller Talks!!!"13 July 2020 (2020-07-13)TBATBD
  • Miranda Allen
  • Iñaki Zabaletta
  • Keith Kong
  • Guilherme Silveira
825"Watermelon Surgery"20 July 2020 (2020-07-20)TBATBD
  • Guy Bavli
  • Javier Botía
  • B.S. Reddy
  • Chad Allen
  1. ^ a b c d Appeared in a previous episode where they fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ Fooled Teller and Piff the Magic Dragon.

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Readers of UKGameshows.com named it the second best new game show of 2011 in their "Hall of fame" poll.[95]

U.S. ratingsEdit

Season 1 (2011)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "How to Saw a Woman in Half" 6 August 2014 0.5/2 1.45[96]
2 "Teller Sucks... Helium" 24 September 2014 0.5/2 1.51[97]
3 "Stab a Card, Any Card…" 30 July 2014 0.5/2 1.75[98]
4 "Solid Goldfish" 20 August 2014 0.5/2 1.69[99]
5 "Teller is a Blockhead" 3 September 2014 0.7/2 2.07[100]
6 "Penn Gets Nailed" 10 September 2014 0.5/2 1.73[101]
7 "The Magic of Polyester" 17 September 2014 0.5/2 1.58[102]
8 "A Bellyful of Needles" 13 August 2014 0.5/2 1.68[103]
9 "Water Tanks for the Memories" 27 August 2014 0.5/2 1.59[104]

Season 2 (2015)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Phone-y Business" 6 July 2015 0.5/2 1.66[25]
2 "The Invisi-Ball Thread" 13 July 2015 0.5/2 2.01[26]
3 "Shoot to Kill" 20 July 2015 0.5/2 1.81[27]
4 "Knife of the Party" 27 July 2015 0.6/3 2.24[28]
5 "Mission Impossi-Ball" 3 August 2015 0.5/2 2.06[29]
6 "Now THAT'S Bunny!" 10 August 2015 0.6/2 2.35[30]
7 "Penn's Favorite Card Trick" 17 August 2015 0.5/2 2.10[31]
8 "Teller Plays with a Full Deck" 24 August 2015 0.5/2 1.87[32]
9 "Star Spangled Magic" 31 August 2015 0.6/2 2.11[33]
10 "Where There's Smoke There's Magic" 14 September 2015 0.5/2 1.46[34]
11 "Teller Deflowers a Shadow" 21 September 2015 0.3/1 1.15[35]
12 "Penn & Teller Ring Someone's Neck" 28 September 2015 0.4/1 1.34[36]
13 "An Egg-Cellent Trick" 5 October 2015 0.4/1 1.36[37]

Season 3 (2016)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Won't Get Fooled Again...?" 13 July 2016 0.4/2 1.46[38]
2 "Jesse Eisenberg Gets Carded" 20 July 2016 0.3/1 1.21[39]
3 "Penn & Teller Have a Blast" 27 July 2016 0.3/1 1.18[40]
4 "Penn Plays with Fire" 3 August 2016 0.4/2 1.42[41]
5 "You Dirty Rathead!" 10 August 2016 0.4/1 1.43[42]
6 "Penn & Teller Snake their Chances" 17 August 2016 0.3/1 1.47[43]
7 "Juggle, Juggle, Penn's in Trouble" 24 August 2016 0.4/2 1.49[45]
8 "Here's Moxie!" 31 August 2016 0.5/2 1.78[46]
9 "The Great Escape" 2 September 2016 0.3/1 1.28[47]
10 "Tea Or Not To Tea" 7 September 2016 0.4/1 1.54[48]
11 "Penn & Teller Get Trapped" 9 September 2016 0.3/1 1.41[49]
12 "Penn & Teller Rip for Your Pleasure" 14 September 2016 0.4/2 1.38[50]
13 "Can Penn & Teller Fool Penn & Teller" 16 September 2016 0.3/1 1.34[51]

Season 4 (2017)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Penn & Teller Teach You a Trick" 13 July 2017 0.4/2 1.62[52]
2 "Penn, Teller and a Mind Reading Chicken" 20 July 2017 0.4/2 1.72[53]
3 "Teller Flips a Bird" 27 July 2017 0.4/2 1.56[54]
4 "50/50 Chance" 3 August 2017 0.4/2 1.64[55]
5 "Does This Trick Ring a Bell?" 10 August 2017 0.3/1 1.53[56]
6 "Something Fishy This Way Comes" 17 August 2017 0.4/2 1.49[58]
7 "A Big Round of Applause for Alyson" 24 August 2017 0.4/2 1.48[59]
8 "I Dream of Genie Tube" 7 September 2017 0.4/2 1.42[60]
9 "Penn & Teller Are Full of Hot Air" 14 September 2017 0.4/2 1.48[61]
10 "Monkey Business" 21 September 2017 0.4/2 1.55[62]
11 "Penn Does the Heavy Lifting" 25 September 2017 0.2/1 0.92[63]
12 "Penn & Teller & Dracula" 28 September 2017 0.4/2 1.66[64]
13 "Hanging Out with Penn & Teller" 30 November 2017 0.3/1 1.14[65]

Special (2018)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "April Fool Us Day" 2 April 2018 0.3/1 0.94[66]

Season 5 (2018)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Penn the Magic Dragon" 25 June 2018 0.3/1 1.35[67]
2 "The Rematch" 2 July 2018 0.3/1 1.34[68]
3 "Penn & Teller Get Loopy" 9 July 2018 0.3/1 1.29[69]
4 "Here Comes the Magic" 16 July 2018 0.3/1 1.39[70]
5 "Psych!!" 23 July 2018 0.3/1 1.45[71]
6 "Penn & Teller Against the World" 30 July 2018 0.3/1 1.38[72]
7 "Imagine (Magic) Dragons" 6 August 2018 0.3/1 1.31[73]
8 "Here Lie Penn & Teller" 13 August 2018 0.4/2 1.60[74]
9 "Teller's Gambling Problem" 20 August 2018 0.3/1 1.28[75]
10 "Penn & Teller Keep You In Suspense" 27 August 2018 0.4/2 1.62[76]
11 "The Fool Us Zone" 3 September 2018 0.3/1 1.34[77]
12 "Never Trust A Magician" 24 September 2018 0.2/1 0.89[78]
13 "Let's Hear It For The Kids" 1 October 2018 0.3/1 1.16[79]

Special (2019)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "April Fool Us Day 2019" 1 April 2019 0.2 0.74

Season 6 (2019)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "David Copperfield vs. Penn & Teller" 17 June 2019 0.3/1 1.31[80]
2 "They’re Baaack!" 24 June 2019 0.2/1 1.10[81]
3 "Penn & Teller vs. Inventors" 1 July 2019 0.2/1 1.14[82]
4 "Penn & Teller Cure the Common Code" 8 July 2019 0.2/1 1.15[83]
5 "Penn & Teller Hit the Streets" 15 July 2019 0.3/1 1.18[84]
6 "Duck! It's Alyson!" 22 July 2019 0.2/1 1.18[85]
7 "Are You Better Magicians Than a 6th Grader?" 29 July 2019 0.2/1 1.15[86]
8 "2nd Chance Foolers" 5 August 2019 0.2/1 1.24[87]
9 "Magic Meatballs" 19 August 2019 0.2/1 1.25[88]
10 "Magical Moxie" 26 August 2019 0.3/1 1.21[89]
11 "The Mind Noodler" 9 September 2019 0.2/1 1.14[90]
12 "Magic is Bad for Your Health" 23 September 2019 0.2/1 0.88[91]
13 "Virtual Reality" 30 September 2019 0.2/1 0.91[92]

Season 7 (2020)Edit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Third Time's the Charm" 22 June 2020 0.2 1.13[93]
2 "Teller vs. Penn" 29 June 2020 0.2 1.02[94]
3 "Fool Us: The Home Game" 6 July 2020 TBD TBD
4 "Teller Talks!!!" 13 July 2020 TBD TBD
5 "Watermelon Surgery" 20 July 2020 TBD TBD

BroadcastEdit

In Australia, the show commenced airing on ABC1 each Saturday at 9:25 pm from 1 October 2011.[1][105] In New Zealand, the show commenced airing on ChoiceTV each Saturday at 7:30 pm from 28 April 2012.[106] The CW acquired the series for broadcast in the United States, where it premiered on 30 July 2014. The pilot episode was trimmed to one hour (including commercial breaks) for its CW airing.[107][108] In Canada, the series aired on Bite TV before it was rebranded to Makeful on 24 August 2015. Channel 5 bought the UK rights to the second season and premiered it on 6 March 2016.[109]

Other versionsEdit

  • In 2011 it was reported that the format had been sold to Ukraine broadcaster STB, who would produce a local version.[1]
  • In 2012 the show was licensed to Israel's Channel 2. The show was renamed Mi Yapil Et Ha Master ("Who Can Fool The Master?"). Penn & Teller were asked to be the judging magicians but they had to decline due to other commitments. Max Maven took their place, and the winner of the show was mentalist Eran Biderman.[110]

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