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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 by Dominic Byrne
Composer(s)
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 53 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Andrew Golder
  • Peter Davey
  • Peter Adam Golden
  • Lincoln Hiatt
Producer(s) Johnny Thompson
Location(s)
Running time
  • 45 minutes
  • 65 minutes (pilot)
Production company(s) 1/17 Productions & September Films
Distributor DCD Rights[1]
Release
Original network
Picture format 1080i
Original release 7 January 2011 (2011-01-07) – present (present)
External links
Website

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 or magicians who performed it win a five-star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller's world-famous show, also at the Rio Hotel & Casino.[2]

Contents

FormatEdit

Each episode starts off with the introduction stating the purpose of the series. Penn & Teller come out and take their seat towards centre stage, and hopeful magicians perform 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, as to avoid exposing the secrets behind the trick. If Penn & Teller are wrong, or cannot come up with how the trick was done, the magician wins a Fool Us trophy 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.[3] 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.[4] The eight episodes were shot in a ten-day filming block, and began airing in June 2011.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] The second season was a ratings hit for The CW, giving the network its highest ratings in that time slot compared to the previous 5 years.[8]

On 11 August 2015 the series was renewed for a third season by The CW.[9] THe third season premiered on 13 July 2016,[10][11] now hosted by Alyson Hannigan.[12] The fourth season premiered on July 13, 2017.[13][2] The series was renewed for a fifth season. A special one-off April Fools episode was broadcast on 2 April 2018 as a precursor to the fifth season, and the fifth season premiered on June 25, 2018.[14][15]

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)
Special2 April 2018 (2018-04-02)
5TBA25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)TBA

As of 16 July 2018, 53 episodes of Penn & Teller: Fool Us have aired, including one special. 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[16]
  • 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[16]
  • 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[16]
  • 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[16]
  • Piff the Magic Dragon, 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[16]
  • 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[16]
  • 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[16]
  • 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[16]
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 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.
  4. ^ 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
  • James Brown, stage magician, British
  • Marc Oberon, card magician, British
  • David Masters, illusionist, British
  • Noel Qualter, close-up magician, British
  • 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[17]
  • 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[18]
  • Leon and Romy, illusionists, AmericaN/Australian
  • Mike Hammer, illusionist, American
  • Shin Lim, close-up magician, American
  • Peter Boie, illusionist, American
123"Shoot to Kill"20 July 2015 (2015-07-20)2011.81[19]
  • Brian Brushwood, close-up magician, American
  • Simon Pierro, illusionist, German
  • Handsome Jack (John Lovick), comedy magician, American
  • Kyle Knight & Mistie, illusionist, American
134"Knife of the Party"27 July 2015 (2015-07-27)2042.24[20]
  • 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[21]
  • 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[23]
  • Jay Sankey[a], 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[24]
  • 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[25]
  • 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[26]
  • Riley Siegler, close-up magician, American
  • Jade, illusionist, Chinese-American
  • Ran'd Shine, close-up magician, American
  • David Roth[b], coin magician, American
1910"Teller Deflowers a Shadow"14 September 2015 (2015-09-14)2121.46[27]
  • Scott Alexander & Puck, illusionist, American
  • Eric Jones, coin magician, American
  • Mark Calabrese, close-up/card, American
  • Paul Vigil, mentalist, American[c]
2011"Where There's Smoke There's Magic"21 September 2015 (2015-09-21)2111.15[28]
  • 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[29]
  • 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[30]
  • Derek Hughes, close-up/card magician, American
  • Reuben Moreland, illusionist, American
  • Suzanne, close-up magician, American
  • Jared Kopf, mentalist, American
  1. ^ Sankey subsequently released a video on YouTube, claiming that he had in fact fooled them, but had chosen to not admit this on stage.[22]
  2. ^ 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 read his books.
  3. ^ Although Paul Vigil did not fool them, Penn admitted that they would have never figured it out if they haven't read his 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[31]
  • 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[32]
  • 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[33]
  • 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[34]
  • 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[35]
  • 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[36]
  • 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[38]
  • 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[39]
  • 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[40]
  • Xavier Mortimer, illusionist, French
  • Fielding West, comedy magician, British
  • 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[41]
  • 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[42]
  • 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[43]
  • 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[44]
  • Anthony Asimov, close-up magician, American
  • Angela Funovits, mentalist, American
  • Ivan Amodei, mentalist, American
  • Vince Charming, illusionist, American
  1. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he also 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 April 2, 2018, that they had indeed been fooled.[37]
  4. ^ Performed as the magic duo "Hal & Keller" 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[45]
  • 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[46]
  • 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[47]
394"50/50 Chance"3 August 2017 (2017-08-03)4051.64[48]
  • Matt Johnson, escape artist, Canadian
  • Siegfried Tieber, close-up/card magician, Ecuadorian/ Austrian/ Colombian
  • Jason Fields, close-up magician, American
  • Jessica Jane Peterson, illusionist, American
405"Does This Trick Ring a Bell?"10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)4071.53[49]
  • Dyno Staats, illusionist, American
  • Aiden Sinclair, mentalist, American
  • Axel Adler, illusionist, Swedish
  • David Parr,
416"Something Fishy This Way Comes"17 August 2017 (2017-08-17)4121.49[50]
  • Dan Sperry, illusionist, American
  • Jean-Pierre Parent, comedy magician, Canadian
  • Naathan Phan, British
  • Richard Forget, Canadian
427"A Big Round of Applause for Alyson"24 August 2017 (2017-08-24)4111.48[51]
  • Riccardo Berdini, N/A
  • Yan Markson, N/A
  • Ondřej Pšenička, close-up magician, Czech
  • Glenn Morphew, N/A
438"I Dream of Genie Tube"7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)4101.42[52]
449"Penn & Teller Are Full of Hot Air"14 September 2017 (2017-09-14)4131.48[53]
  • Liberty Larsen, close-up/card and magician, N/A
  • Jorge Blass, close-up/card and magician, Spanish
  • Paul Gertner, close-up/card and magician, American
  • Sergio Starman, American
4510"Monkey Business"21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)4041.55[54]
  • Sean-Paul, close-up/card and magician, American
  • Jason Andrews, illusionist, American
  • Eric Mead, close-up and magician, American
  • Reza Borchardt, American
4611"Penn Does the Heavy Lifting"25 September 2017 (2017-09-25)4090.92[55]
  • Stuart MacDonald, close-up/card and magician, American
  • Kyle Littleton, American
  • Lion Fludd, close-up/card and magician, American
  • The Beckers, American
4712"Penn & Teller & Dracula"28 September 2017 (2017-09-28)4081.66[56]
  • Mike Bliss, American
  • Ekaterina, Canadian
  • Javi Benitez, close-up/card and magician, Spanish
  • Ran Gafner, Israeli
4813"Hanging Out with Penn & Teller"30 November 2017 (2017-11-30)[b]4061.14[57]
  • Patrik Kuffs, close-up/card and magician, N/A
  • Todd Lamanske, American
  • Adam Wilber, close-up/card and magician, American
  • Hector, Spanish
  1. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he also fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ Scheduled 2 October 2017 airing of this episode was postponed following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.

Special (2018)Edit

No.
overall
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
49"April Fool Us Day"2 April 2018 (2018-04-02)N/A0.94[58]

Season 5 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
501"Penn the Magic Dragon"25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)5031.35[59]
  • 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[60]
  • Vinny Grosso[a], comedy magician, American
  • Morgan & West[b], close-up and stage, British
  • Paul Gertner[c], close-up/card magician, American
  • Eric Jones[d], coin magician, American
523"Penn & Teller Get Loopy"9 July 2018 (2018-07-09)5041.29[61]
  • Ryan Chandler, close-up magician, American
  • Ryan Hayashi, samurai magician, Asian American
  • Dirk Losander, illusionist, German
  • Ed Ripley, close-up magic, American
534"Here Comes the Magic"16 July 2018 (2018-07-16)5011.39[62]
  • Danny Cole, illusionist, American
  • Kostya Kimlat[e], card magician, Ukrainian-American
  • Håkan Berg, comedy magician, Swedish
  • John Hinton, close-up magician, American
545"Psych!!"[63]23 July 2018 (2018-07-23)508TBD
  • Seth Grabel
  • Patrick Folkerts
  • Migz
  • Emily Victoria
556"Penn & Teller Against the World"[64]30 July 2018 (2018-07-30)506TBD
  • Taijyi Fujryama
  • Pit Hartling
  • Helen Coghlan
  • Menny Lindenfeld
  1. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he also fooled Penn & Teller.
  2. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he fooled Penn & Teller.
  3. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he also fooled Penn & Teller.
  4. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he fooled Penn & Teller.
  5. ^ Appeared in an earlier episode where he fooled Penn & Teller.

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Readers of UKGameshows.com named it the second best new game show of 2011 in their "Hall of fame" poll.[65]

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[66]
2 "Teller Sucks... Helium" 24 September 2014 0.5/2 1.51[67]
3 "Stab a Card, Any Card…" 30 July 2014 0.5/2 1.75[68]
4 "Solid Goldfish" 20 August 2014 0.5/2 1.69[69]
5 "Teller is a Blockhead" 3 September 2014 0.7/2 2.07[70]
6 "Penn Gets Nailed" 10 September 2014 0.5/2 1.73[71]
7 "The Magic of Polyester" 17 September 2014 0.5/2 1.58[72]
8 "A Bellyful of Needles" 13 August 2014 0.5/2 1.68[73]
9 "Water Tanks for the Memories" 27 August 2014 0.5/2 1.59[74]

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[17]
2 "The Invisi-Ball Thread" 13 July 2015 0.5/2 2.01[18]
3 "Shoot to Kill" 20 July 2015 0.5/2 1.81[19]
4 "Knife of the Party" 27 July 2015 0.6/3 2.24[20]
5 "Mission Impossi-Ball" 3 August 2015 0.5/2 2.06[21]
6 "Now THAT'S Bunny!" 10 August 2015 0.6/2 2.35[23]
7 "Penn's Favorite Card Trick" 17 August 2015 0.5/2 2.10[24]
8 "Teller Plays with a Full Deck" 24 August 2015 0.5/2 1.87[25]
9 "Star Spangled Magic" 31 August 2015 0.6/2 2.11[26]
10 "Where There's Smoke There's Magic" 14 September 2015 0.5/2 1.46[27]
11 "Teller Deflowers a Shadow" 21 September 2015 0.3/1 1.15[28]
12 "Penn & Teller Ring Someone's Neck" 28 September 2015 0.4/1 1.34[29]
13 "An Egg-Cellent Trick" 5 October 2015 0.4/1 1.36[30]

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[31]
2 "Jesse Eisenberg Gets Carded" 20 July 2016 0.3/1 1.21[32]
3 "Penn & Teller Have a Blast" 27 July 2016 0.3/1 1.18[33]
4 "Penn Plays with Fire" 3 August 2016 0.4/2 1.42[34]
5 "You Dirty Rathead!" 10 August 2016 0.4/1 1.43[35]
6 "Penn & Teller Snake their Chances" 17 August 2016 0.3/1 1.47[36]
7 "Juggle, Juggle, Penn's in Trouble" 24 August 2016 0.4/2 1.49[38]
8 "Here's Moxie!" 31 August 2016 0.5/2 1.78[39]
9 "The Great Escape" 2 September 2016 0.3/1 1.28[40]
10 "Tea Or Not To Tea" 7 September 2016 0.4/1 1.54[41]
11 "Penn & Teller Get Trapped" 9 September 2016 0.3/1 1.41[42]
12 "Penn & Teller Rip for Your Pleasure" 14 September 2016 0.4/2 1.38[43]
13 "Can Penn & Teller Fool Penn & Teller" 16 September 2016 0.3/1 1.34[44]

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[45]
2 "Penn, Teller and a Mind Reading Chicken" 20 July 2017 0.4/2 1.72[46]
3 "Teller Flips a Bird" 27 July 2017 0.4/2 1.56[47]
4 "50/50 Chance" 3 August 2017 0.4/2 1.64[48]
5 "Does This Trick Ring a Bell?" 10 August 2017 0.3/1 1.53[49]
6 "Something Fishy This Way Comes" 17 August 2017 0.4/2 1.49[50]
7 "A Big Round of Applause for Alyson" 24 August 2017 0.4/2 1.48[51]
8 "I Dream of Genie Tube" 7 September 2017 0.4/2 1.42[52]
9 "Penn & Teller Are Full of Hot Air" 14 September 2017 0.4/2 1.48[53]
10 "Monkey Business" 21 September 2017 0.4/2 1.55[54]
11 "Penn Does the Heavy Lifting" 25 September 2017 0.2/1 0.92[55]
12 "Penn & Teller & Dracula" 28 September 2017 0.4/2 1.66[56]
13 "Hanging Out with Penn & Teller" 30 November 2017 0.3/1 1.14[57]

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[58]

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[59]
2 "The Rematch" 2 July 2018 0.3/1 1.34[60]
3 "Penn & Teller Get Loopy" 9 July 2018 0.3/1 1.29[61]
4 "Here Comes the Magic" 16 July 2018 0.3/1 1.39[62]

BroadcastEdit

In Australia, the show commenced airing on ABC1 each Saturday at 9:25 pm from 1 October 2011.[1][75] In New Zealand, the show commenced airing on ChoiceTV each Saturday at 7:30 pm from 28 April 2012.[76] 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.[77][78] 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.[79]

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.[80]

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