Penn & Teller Show Off a Lying, Cheating, Swindling Card Trick

Penn & Teller Show Off a Lying, Cheating, Swindling Card Trick

-Ladies and gentlemen,
give it up for Penn & Teller! [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ Thank you so much
for being here. -Thanks for having us.
-For coming back to the show. -Thank you, thank you.
-Congrats. Season six just kicked off…
-Yep. -…of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” Can you explain
what’s different this season? -Well, we did something crazy
this season. You know,
we always sit in the seats. We’re the judges. Best magicians in the world
come out, they do a trick for us,
and if we can figure it out, they don’t win.
If we can’t, they do win. But we try to do something
that no one else had ever done on one of these shows, which is
we reverse the position. And we went on our own show
to see if we could fool the greatest magician in the
world, David Copperfield. -Do we know — Do we wanna say
what David Copperfield thought? -I do know what happened,
but I’m not gonna tell you. -Okay, perfect.
-Keep watching. -But, also, I’m really excited
about the VR game. I want to talk about this. This is — Oh, there it is.
Right there. “Penn & Teller –”
What is the title? It’s a very long name.
-The title of it is “Penn & Teller VR:
Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary,
and Underhanded.” Now that abbreviates to
“Penn & Teller: FUUUU and U.” -Very appropriate, yeah.
Genius. -And that’s the idea. You know, you’re putting on
the VR helmet. -Yeah, tell everybody,
because I think this is genius. -You bring your friend over. You say,
“I got this new VR setup.” You put the VR helmet on,
and then you’ve got someone in your house
who can’t see and can’t hear and thinks
they’re just watching TV. -Yeah. -So, you can
do anything to them. You can cover them with spiders,
steal money from them, cheat them
in every way possible. So it’s a way
to use your VR setup to make your friends
look like idiots. -That’s what I’m talking about.
-What could be better? -That’s what I want.
[ Applause ] Sony PlayStation, Oculus, Vibe. You can get it anywhere. I’m psyched about that,
because I’ve been playing with the Oculus, and this
is gonna be my new jam. All right, what trick are you
doing for us tonight? -We’re gonna do a thing for you
that’s gonna compare juggling and magic, ’cause
I started out as a juggler. And I thought that all arts,
all show business, all everything
was just practice. I practiced all the time. And Teller started out
as a magician. [ Laughter ] -Wow.
Oh, my goodness. -So people think the difference
between juggling and magic is the props, but it’s not.
It’s philosophical. Juggling is done
with really hard work, and magic is done by lying. So I’m gonna do
a juggling trick, and then Teller
will do a magic trick. I have a deck of cards.
These are Tally Ho cards. I learned the card trick
with these cards, so I have to do it with these
cards because the exact texture and the weight of them is right. I’m doing a thing
called weighing the cards. It’s a very difficult
juggling trick. All you got to do, Jimmy,
is just cut those cards, and make it hard for me. Cut halfway,
or a little bit more. Just cut them. Make sure there’s no crimps,
nothing. I’m not trying
to get you to cut anywhere. Cut wherever you want. Put the top section on my hand
right there. Cut about half,
a little bit more, yeah. Put it right there in my hand.
-Okay, perfect. -The next card —
Don’t look at it! Don’t let Teller see it,
no one see it. Slip it into your pocket
right there. -Okay.
-Just slip it in your pocket. Yeah.
-Okay. -Okay. Now, I want you
to look in my eyes. I’m not looking at the edges, I’m not using my thumb
or nothing. -Nothing.
-I’m just telling — Just like this.
-I’m looking at your eyes. -I can tell you that there are
27 cards there. Now, the challenge
is gonna go to you, Jimmy, because you are now gonna
count to 27 right there, face up,
and make it interesting. Count right there.
[ Laughter ] -One, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine, 10… ♪ 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 ♪ ♪ 18, 19, 20, 21,
22, 23, 24, 25… ♪ 26, 27 cards.
-Do not applaud! Don’t applaud!
Do not applaud! -Let them applaud!
-Don’t applaud. Don’t applaud. Remember in your heart the awe you felt at seeing
that astonishing skill. Just hold that right there. [ Laughter ] Okay, that’s the juggling.
-Okay. -Now Teller is going to do
the magic, okay? -Okay.
-Now, Teller is gonna take — You just saw what I did,
all done with skill. What I did
was very, very difficult, which means it was done
with a lot of skill. What Teller’s gonna do
is impossible, which means it can only be done by lying, cheating,
and swindling. So watch.
He’s got a giant deck of cards. I want you to watch this
right here. Now, one card
is gonna rise out of here. The rose Teller’s using…
-Uh-huh. -It’s doing nothing.
-Okay. -More important than that,
Teller is doing nothing. This is a trick you buy.
There’s no skill required. But the 9 of hearts has risen
from the middle of the deck. Now, Jimmy,
I want you to notice, you saw that all these cards
were different. I want you to see
that all these are different. -Yes.
-I don’t need to point out to you that Teller
didn’t come near this deck. -Of course.
-You did not feel like you were cutting any special place. We didn’t set up anything,
tell you where to cut. There was no crimp.
-That’s true. -You pulled one card
out of the middle of all these different cards,
put it in your pocket. -That’s correct.
-Right now, Jimmy, reach into your pocket,
pull out the card, tell us what it is,
show it to the audience. -Oh, my gosh. It’s the 9 of hearts.
-Do not applaud! [ Cheers and applause ]
Do not applaud! Do not applaud.
-Let them applaud. -But hold —
[ Laughter ] Hold in your heart
what it felt like to be cheated. [ Laughter ] -You’re picking on them.
-Now we’re gonna vote. And in this one case,
your vote does count. -Okay.
-First, by applause. -I got that. -We’re gonna decide how many
of you liked the juggling. When you applaud
for the juggling, you’re not just
applauding for me. You’re also applauding
for Jimmy’s counting and the American work ethic…
[ Laughter ] …that we all share,
except for Teller. -Oh, wow.
-Who liked the juggling? [ Cheers and applause ] -I’m sorry, buddy. -And now,
when you applaud for the magic, keep in mind, you’re not
just applauding for Teller, but you’re also condoning,
indeed encouraging, lying, cheating, swindling,
and stealing. Who liked the magic? [ Loud cheers and applause ] And that —
-[ Laughing ] -And that, Jimmy…
-Yes. -…is why I quit juggling
and became a magician. -That’s exactly right.
Penn & Teller, everybody! [ Cheers and applause ] “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”!

100 thoughts on “Penn & Teller Show Off a Lying, Cheating, Swindling Card Trick”

  1. Much has been said, apparently, about Penn's weight loss. But I've heard nothing about his decision to lose the ponytail, a choice I wholeheartedly endorse.

  2. Every time a late night audience is told not to applaud, something good happens to some person from a place. There is altogether way too much whooping, screaming and general mania among these crowds.

  3. How I believe the trick is done: Jimmy is cutting a deck with only 9 of hearts in it. Penn later swaps the cards from the all 9 of hearts deck with 27 cards from a standard deck. He had plenty of chances to do this as he instructs Jimmy to look at the card he is taking, look in his eyes, etc… no matter where Jimmy would have cut, it would have been 27 cards and the 9 of hearts.

  4. I don't know if I'm tripping, but I don't see any nine of hearts when Fallon reveals it just before the jump cut. That cards a spade or Clover 9.

  5. If I were to do this trick, I'd memorize the deck's shuffle, false shuffle as Penn, read the bottom card at 2:55 , have Jimmy count the cards out to buy time, have a person hidden in Teller's chair put the correct card in the right spot then hand the big deck up to teller between the cushion, have teller move the correct card up, have the hidden person in chair set off confetti canon. Why do they need an entire platform for this chair? It'd be easier to just have the chair on the stage, and why does the chair need to have fabric all the way down? There's something hidden in there, and the addition of a riser suggests to me that it's a person.

  6. Penn: "Doc, I've lost 99 pounds. I just can't shake the last one pound."
    Doctor: "Have you considered cutting off your hair?"
    Penn: "Done!"

  7. Penn and Teller have a brilliant double misdirection built into their act. While Penn is clearly drawing the attention because he's big and loud, you start to think "I need to keep an eye on that shifty little bastard over there" and you just keep getting pulled back and forth and you can't focus on either one entirely.

  8. Its been quite a while not seeing them lol. I remember when I was a kid watching them do magic tricks. ☺

  9. I’m pretty sure that Penn is being the charlatan here, and Teller the juggler. Penn says that big card box is a trick you can buy in a store – and I’m sure you could buy one with a similar effect – but I think Teller is actually balancing that card so well that he makes it look like he’s using a mechanism.

  10. they both memorized the deck, penn "shuffled" the deck, penn snuck a peek of the bottom card, knew there was 27 in his hand, teller knew to rise the 28th card.

  11. lol you can hear the guy in the audience rat them out when they focus on tellers big cards when Penn switches the cards left on the table that Jimmy chose from at 4:26

  12. Wonderful act! Thanks!
    But the BIG "event" was Penn's new hairstyle!
    Absolutely looks great! It's a keeper! Appreciate it! Thanks!

  13. He knows the card from the moment he made him cut by flipping the deck the other side. He also tells Teller the card during the counting you can see teller looking briefly to a signal from pen every card until 9 when he sarts to take part in the ''act''. Not sure about how he selected the proper card from the deck without moving but I assume it would be when he rearrange the to of the deck. When he shuffles the deck he only puts down the top card on the rest : I assume that means he knows the order of the cards. and since he saw the card right on top of the 9, he knows wich one it is and so know how many cards are above.
    Good trick but the lapsus broke the magic 🙂

  14. Penn explained on his Podcast the reason Teller is sitting the entire time is he got injured on vacation and couldn't really walk or stand. He's better now.

  15. My theory is that theres a person concealed under the armchair. That stooge hears the number of cards in Penn's hands, then loads the next card into the gimmick deck and slides it to Teller through a slit in his robes. That person then blows the cracker.
    I don't think Teller could load that card by himself. Penn is telling the truth, Teller is doing nothing.

  16. Penn and Teller are my favourite magicians. Not only are they great magicians but their showmanship is second to none. That's what makes them the greatest in my opinion.

  17. I’m a magician and this totally fooled me. This is is either one hell of a force or penn snuck a look at 2:55 and somehow that told him what he needed to know, I’m guessing with a memorized deck order

  18. Here how it's done: It's a prearranged deck. Penn uses a special shuffle – and he's sloppy about it, poor sleight of hand. Jimmy really does cut the deck and choose a card. Penn knows how many are in the stack because at 2:56 he glances at the bottom card. Then because the deck is prearranged, based on the number of cards in the stack, Teller knows which was the next card. His giant gimmick there can be calibrated to choose that card.

  19. How the FUCK dis they do that???
    And Fallon's an imbecile ….
    PENN: "In this instance, your vote actually counts!"
    FALLON: "I got that!"
    DIDJA, William F. Buckley …?? lol
    What an ass ….

  20. How he knew there were 27 cards was good, but after that, it's all card counting. What's the 28th card in a fresh deck of cards?

  21. They're using a Nikola Stacked deck (, and presumably, the Heart cards have all been trimmed slightly so that no matter where Jimmy cuts, it will always be at a heart.

  22. Very surprised by this trick given that in the P&T show they suggest to people not to eliminate every possible methods i.e. he showed that there were no crimp and no force (much).

  23. Jimmy was uncomfortable with that. #Hollywood #pizza #clinton #emails #metoo and the audenence got owned. I'm a Russian gay bot frog.

  24. I fuckin love Penn and Teller!!! I love how penn says “I know what happened, but I’m not gonna tell you” great line

  25. The only reason I'd ever click a Jimmy Fallon video is for Penn & Teller.
    In the words of Happy Gilmore's ex girlfriend: "You're not any good."

  26. The cards are in a special order and Penn looks at the bottom card at 2:55. Once you know the bottom card, you know all about the picked card card, Teller also knows the number so he's ready to raise the correct card. Once Penn says there are 27 cards, the rest is trivial.

  27. Jimmy acted like putting the card in his pocket. Exactly then the audience was distracted by the "look at my hand." Jimmy kept his left hand in an awkward position to hide the card in his palm and then quickly switched the card to right hand before touching and putting it back on the deck. I saw through it as it happened

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