Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour
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Watch as Penn & Teller gawk in amazement at an Indian snake-swallower. See traditional Bengali performers "torture" family members . . . just as local authorities get into the act. Venture to Calcutta for a "performance" of the legendary Indian Rope Trick. Enter the Egyptian tomb at Beni Hassan for a modern "inside" look at the ancient "cups and balls" trick. See how Penn and Teller survive a collision with a hay truck and enjoy a vintage performance in an extremely remoteand extremely coldvillage.
Caution: This program contains a few scenes that may not be suitable for the squeamish or faint of heart.
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Top Customer Reviews
The programs are both informative and entertaining. This has less to do with the magic acts presented than with Penn & Teller's snide and sarcastic sense of humor. The shows were worth watching but, for me at least, are not worth repeating.
These guys know every move and trick in the book, and have made alot of money with that knowledge, yet they come across as genuinely humbled by the experiences that we witness with them. I found myself comparing this to Michael Palin's fantastic series of travel specials, where you feel that you are travelling right along with them.
I hope they do more of these shows one day!
Magic aside - the socialist setting of rural China, to the poverty stricken maze of streets in India and Egypt - these documentary travels would be excellent as social and cultural teaching tools for jaded U.S. Jr. & Sr. high kids. Plus - some pretty cool tricks, too.
It's interesting to note that the original travel & production date is 2000 -- before 9/11.
They watched performances by magicians who'd learned from a long line of masters. About the first guy they saw did production of bowls of water (18 in all).
They showed a quick-change artist with masks. This is a Chinese opera thing.
In the teahouse, Penn did some fire eating, but the volunteer he got was slow with the cigarette.
They went to the acrobatics and magic school. They sat in on a magic class (~20-30 students), learning the linking rings with synchronized swimming-like precision. They did the 3 of Clubs force with scleral shells, and none of the students laughed until the teacher did. Penn got to juggle with a gal who juggles knives on horseback. After pair juggling, and pair juggling with flaming clubs/torches, he had to impress her by juggling broken bottles.
They went to a more rural area, where the farmers earn money in the off-season as street performers. They let Teller perform with them the next day. Teller did "Needles" , using an apple from the family's orchard.
They were looking for "Galli galli men", traditional street magicians. They showed an Ed Sullivan clip of Luxor Galli Galli, and Egyptian magician who made it big in the U.S. [He had a cups and balls act with live chicks.]
The club they were in had several people doing linking rings. They also met someone doing cups & balls. A waiter was eating glass and a brick.
They visited the cups and balls magician from the club at his apartment. It turns out he's actually a relative of Luxor Galli Galli. He inherited the actual cups and balls.
At their hotel, Teller talked!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of Penn & Teller, then you will find this video to be interesting on many levels. Especially if you want exposure to cultures that have been practicing magic for... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by D. Berry
Penn and Teller share a reverence for the performance of magic, and this DVD is more of a personal journey for the two of them than it is a performance for all of us. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Greg Trombley
If you want to see a lot of magic,then don't buy this dvd.There's precious little of it.If you want to see a documentary of the countries visited,then it is quite good. Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by I. Simmons