I grew up loving magic. I loved watching David Copperfield today, and I had my parents spend way too much of their money on those awful Magic Works toys that were never nearly as cool as they should have been. As time went on, though, I sort of stopped caring about magic. I never had any inclination to be a magician, but I liked the mystique behind it all.
David Blaine (along with those wonderful YouTube parodies) brought magic back into my life, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us has taken it to the next level. I’ve never seen a Penn & Teller magic special, so the trick they perform at the end of each episode makes tuning in worth an hour. But the best part of the show is seeing some of the world’s best magicians come on and try to “fool” Penn & Teller. Whether they’re successful or not doesn’t matter; the journey is more fun than the destination.
Watching this show has made me believe that we may be living among actual wizards with honest-to-goodness magic. I mean, just watch this clip from an episode toward the beginning of this season and tell me that you don’t think there’s a little bit of magic in the world:
Not every contestant on Penn & Teller: Fool Us is supremely entertaining, and some of the corniness inherent in the world of magic is groan-worthy. But far more often than not, this show is a great use of an hour, and one that’s worth your time.