Penn & Teller, the longest-running Las Vegas headliners, love to mix comedy and magic into their show. Penn Jillette knows performances like the October gig at the Mesa Arts Center will leave fans speechless.
“What they’ll be seeing is a live show with things they cannot and will not be able to explain,” said Jillette during a recent phone interview.
During performances, Raymond Teller leaves the speaking to Jillette. That formula has carried on throughout their career, which these days calls for 250 shows in Vegas and other locations Thursdays and Fridays.
They also have a show on the CW Television Network, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, which premiered in 2011. Magicians attempt to fool the two for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and perform as an opening act in Penn & Teller’s show at the Rio Hotel & Casino.
The pair rarely take a break from performing. Recently, however, Teller had spinal fusion surgery. Originally, they planned a mid-July hiatus, but during a June performance at Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, Teller’s back thought otherwise.
“It’s the longest time since I was 12, I have not gone more than five days without doing a show in my life,” Jillette said.
During the five-week break, Jillette stuck to a water-only fast followed by a limited food diet to improve his blood pressure. The duo returned to the Vegas stage on August 18.
When the duo return to Arizona, Jillette will stick to his routine of 43 years. He gets up in the morning, grabs Starbucks, goes to soundcheck, eats backstage and then he’s on stage.
“When I’m on stage I’m very, very aware of the audience in that particular show and I’m doing the thing that makes me happiest in the world.” He then concludes, chuckling, “but I have no idea where I am.”