Penn Jillette

American magician Penn Jillette

Penn Fraser Jillette is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller, and advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free market capitalism.
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Penn Jillette claims Trump said 'racially insensitive' comments
CNN - 5 days
Magician Penn Jillette, one half of the duo Penn &Teller, claims he heard President Donald Trump say "racially insensitive" remarks during his time appearing on the reality competition show, "The Celebrity Apprentice."
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Penn Jillette Says He Heard Donald Trump Say 'Racially Insensitive Things'
Huffington Post - 6 days
The magician said every 10 minutes with Trump on "The Celebrity Apprentice" was like "fingernails on chalkboard.”
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Carry-On: What the Magician Penn Jillette Can’t Travel Without
NYTimes - about 1 year
Almonds, a computer bag, a Monkees hat, an iPad — and a deck of cards.
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Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once
NPR - over 1 year
Ask Me Another rises from the ashes in Phoenix, AZ with Penn Jillette! He pulls back the curtain on his distaste for magic, his strictly working relationship with Teller, and his love of being fooled. (Image credit: Trevor Huxham/KJZZ)
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Penn Jillette: Don Rickles was the kindest man on earth
CNN - over 1 year
Don Rickles did the most dangerous and naked act possible: insult comedy. And the only way to get through doing an act like that is to be kinder than someone who plays it safe.
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Penn Jillette: Why we burned the flag for freedom
CNN - over 1 year
At the beginning of this century, Teller and I made a TV show in which we traveled around the world watching street magicians. These weren't conjurers who worked for tourists, but the magicians who performed for locals. We spent the nights in fairly nice hotels, but the days we spent on the streets in real Egypt, real China and real India.
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WATCH: Penn Jillette Talks Working With Donald Trump on 'Celebrity Apprentice'
ABC News - about 2 years
The magician also discussed his recent weight loss on "The View."
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Why libertarian Penn Jillette likes Bernie Sanders
CNN - almost 3 years
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Penn Jillette on the 2016 field
CNN - almost 3 years
Magician and entertainer Penn Jillette talks to Chris Moody about why he favors Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump.
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Penn Jillette: What shocked me about campaign videos
CNN - over 3 years
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Penn Jillette: In Indiana, let them eat gay wedding cake
CNN - over 3 years
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Penn Jillette on Indiana debate: 'Just sell cake and flowers'
CNN - over 3 years
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The Pulpit and the Ballot Box
NYTimes - over 3 years
Ted Cruz announced his presidential candidacy at the conservative Christian Liberty University, saying he and his family have "not a second of doubt" that "faith is real." Jeb Bush says a major influence on his policy decisions is his Catholicism, while John F. Kennedy had to assure voters that faith would not be too great an influence. Right-wing conspiracists have said President Obama is a Muslim. Why do voters care about a candidate's religion? Does it matter? Responses: Caring in All the Wrong Ways Randy Boyagoda, author, "Richard John Neuhaus" Insight Into a Candidate's Worldveiw Colleen Carroll Campbell, author "My Sisters the Saints" An 'American Religion' Transcends Sectarianism Yehudah Mirsky, Theologian and rabbi Religious Groups Encourage Religious Campaigns Anthea Butler, Professor ...
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Penn Jillette: Beatles' mistakes inspired
CNN - over 4 years
Penn Jillette: When I first heard the Beatles, I thought they walked into the studio with a genius idea and recorded it perfectly. Then I heard the bootlegs...
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Penn Jillette: Beatles, bootlegs and Vermeer
CNN - over 4 years
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Film follows artist's attempt to recreate works of Vermeer
Fox News - over 4 years
Penn Jillette on his documentary
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I Play One On TV (Saturday at 10PM ET on FNC)
Fox Business News - over 4 years
HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES: Kevin Sorbo, former star of the TV series Hercules, pushes back against celebrities who say they "know how to fix the world." Jason Mattera, author of Hollywood Hypocrites, confronts celebrities like "environmental activist" Harrison Ford (he owns seven airplanes) and Robert Redford (after his Bill Ayers movie). He chases them down with his camera and "ambushes" them because, he says, the liberal media won't confront them. CELEBRITY ECOCRITES (my word for Eco-hypocrites): James Hirsen, author of Hollywood Nation, says environmentalism is like a religion to celebrities, and their leader, Al Gore, is one of the biggest hypocrites of all. ANTI-CAPITALISTS: Special Correspondent Kennedy points out how celebrities contradict themselves by constantly attacking capitalism, even though the film industry benefits from it. ANTI-GUN ACTORS: Former screenwriter, Michael Medved, says that although many actors call for gun control, they sure don't control guns in their o...
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I Play One On TV (9PM ET on FBN)
Fox Business News - over 4 years
HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES: Kevin Sorbo, former star of the TV series Hercules, pushes back against celebrities who say they "know how to fix the world." Jason Mattera, author of Hollywood Hypocrites, confronts celebrities like "environmental activist" Harrison Ford (he owns seven airplanes) and Robert Redford (after his Bill Ayers movie). He chases them down with his camera and "ambushes" them because, he says, the liberal media won't confront them. CELEBRITY ECOCRITES (my word for Eco-hypocrites): James Hirsen, author of Hollywood Nation, says environmentalism is like a religion to celebrities, and their leader, Al Gore, is one of the biggest hypocrites of all. ANTI-CAPITALISTS: Special Correspondent Kennedy points out how celebrities contradict themselves by constantly attacking capitalism, even though the film industry benefits from it. ANTI-GUN ACTORS: Former screenwriter, Michael Medved, says that although many actors call for gun control, they sure don't control guns in their ...
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Timeline
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    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 60
    By his birthday, March 5, 2015, he had lost.
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  • 2014
    Age 59
    In December 2014, Jillette's blood pressure landed him in the hospital.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    He endorsed Gary Johnson for US President in 2012.
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    Also on February 19, 2012, along with Michael Goudeau, he started the podcast Penn's Sunday School.
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    Jillette was one of the contestants on The Celebrity Apprentice season 5, beginning on February 19, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 56
    On August 16, 2011 Jillette's book God, No!
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  • 2010
    Age 55
    During 2010-2011, Jillette did a bi-weekly show on Revision3 called Penn Point.
  • 2008
    Age 53
    In 2008, Jillette was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, paired with professional dancer Kym Johnson.
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    During the 2006–07 television season, Jillette hosted the prime-time game show Identity on NBC-TV.
    From January 3, 2006 to March 2, 2007, Jillette hosted, along with fellow atheist, skeptic, and juggler Michael Goudeau, a live, hour-long radio talk show broadcast on Free FM.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 50
    In 2005 with actor Paul Provenza, Jillette co-produced and co-directed The Aristocrats, a documentary film tracing the life of an obscene joke known as "The Aristocrats".
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  • 2003
    Age 48
    Starting in 2003, Jillette, along with Teller, began producing and hosting the show Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Showtime.
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  • 1997
    Age 42
    For a brief time in 1997, Jillette wrote bi-weekly dispatches for the search engine Excite.com.
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  • 1996
    Age 41
    Starting in 1996, he had a recurring role on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Drell, the head of the Witches' Council.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 35
    Jillette was a contributor to the now-defunct PC/Computing magazine, having a regular back-section column between 1990 and 1994.
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  • 1988
    Age 33
    While the off-Broadway hit was running, in 1988 Jillette was in a speed mariachi power trio called Bongos, Bass and Bob.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 26
    In 1981, he and Teller teamed up as Penn & Teller, and went on to do a successful Off Broadway and later Broadway theatre show called "Penn & Teller" that toured nationally.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 19
    In 1974, Jillette graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
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  • 1973
    Age 18