Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Penn and Teller

If a magic show is what you are looking for on your Las Vegas vacation, you can’t go wrong with Rio Resort and Casino’s Penn and Teller Las Vegas show. You have likely seen Penn and Teller performing their unique brand of magic and myth debunking on television over the past two decades, or perhaps you caught their show during its run on Broadway. If you don’t know who Penn and Teller are, you will want to see the Vegas headliners anyways. The show has something for everyone. It is comedic, mystifying and magical all at once.

Both edgy and witty,the Penn and Teller show displays the magician-comedians at their best. Over the years, they have no doubt figured out how to entertain a crowd, regardless of its makeup, and you can expect to see more of the brilliance that made them who they are today. Breaking a few sacred rules of magic, such as revealing how certain tricks are done, is all part of the Penn and Teller. What sets them apart from the other Las Vegas magic shows is their somehow perfect chemistry. Teller, as you may know, doesn’t say much, if anything during the performance. Penn, however, is a storyteller throughout, adding a comedic narration to what you are witnessing. The show has plenty of gory moments, at least you think they are gory. Faux knife-throwing scenes will have you chuckling, while the more macabre performances will have you squirming. Watch Penn juggle broken bottles and fire, or witness Teller apparently swallow some sewing needles, only to pull them out of his throat all neatly tied to a string. This show, as did their shows in the past, depends on a certain amount of audience participation, so just might be selected. But don’t worry, the haven’t killed anyone....yet.

Penn and Teller originally appeared at Bally’s and then the MGM Grand before making their move to the Rio in 2001. A production quite unlike any other that you will find in Vegas, this show is well worth giving a go. Adding extra effect to the performance is the background music provided by Mike Jones. A talented jazz pianist, Jones heads “The Mike Jones Duo”, which plays for the audience before the show begins. It’s really a complete show you won’t want to miss....