Few acts, magical or otherwise, can engender the kind of appreciation I feel for having a team like Penn & Teller continue to be part of the scene here in Las Vegas. The dynamic duo has been at this for 40 years, achieved every kind of fame and success imaginable, thrilled audiences all over the world, and yet they continue to call Las Vegas home. The comedy/magic pair adds a je ne sais qois to this city that can’t be measured.
Audiences continue to flock to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to experience the phenomenon that Penn and Teller have continued to develop over the years. They have defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining how we think of “magic” and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy, never letting off the throttle on the boundaries set around their industry.
Their performances also possess a certain je ne sais qois, within the realm of magic shows, since they often play on traditional themes of magic (rabbit in a hat) with their own Penn and Teller signature twist. The contents of the show are consistently changing, and can involve knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl, or even a cow, on any given day. They’ve been branded as the "Bad Boys of Magic" for supposedly revealing the secrets to their tricks, and they may show you how it’s done, but you’re just as likely to be left startled.
Penn & Teller’s 15-years-and-counting run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them one of the longest running and most-beloved shows in Las Vegas history, outselling, outpacing and outlasting every other resident magic show on The Strip. Audiences are consistently blown away by their “presence” during and after the show. Their openness, accessibility and graciousness, saying nothing of their ability to pull off incredible feats of illusion, is a delight, and a feat in itself.
The two are winners of an Emmy, Obie, and Writer’s Guild award and also have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their Showtime series, "Penn & Teller: BS!" was the network's longest-running series and was nominated for 16 Emmy awards. They currently have two series on TV, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on The CW (returning in July) and “Wizard Wars” on SyFy. On top of all these accolades, Penn & Teller had three successful Broadway runs and two sold-out tours of England. Entertainment Weekly also included them on its "50 Funniest Comedians Alive" list – this to which we can personally attest, as they’re downright hilarious. Penn Gillette’s New York Times Best Selling book, “Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales,” is out on paperback on June 6th.
Penn & Teller’s show is performed in the beautiful Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel & Casino, Saturday through Wednesday, at 9 p.m. Make sure to get a selfie with the duo after the show, as they always try to meet and greet, following the show’s conclusion. Tickets start at $82.50, plus tax and fee. For tickets or more information, call (702) 777-2782 or visit online at riolasvegas.com.