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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Carry-On: What the Magician Penn Jillette Can’t Travel Without
NYTimes - 7 months
Almonds, a computer bag, a Monkees hat, an iPad — and a deck of cards.
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Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once
NPR - 10 months
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 - 11 months
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 - about 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 - over 1 year
The magician also discussed his recent weight loss on "The View."
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Why libertarian Penn Jillette likes Bernie Sanders
CNN - over 2 years
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Penn Jillette on the 2016 field
CNN - over 2 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 - almost 3 years
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Penn Jillette: In Indiana, let them eat gay wedding cake
CNN - almost 3 years
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Penn Jillette on Indiana debate: 'Just sell cake and flowers'
CNN - almost 3 years
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The Pulpit and the Ballot Box
NYTimes - almost 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 - about 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 - about 4 years
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Film follows artist's attempt to recreate works of Vermeer
Fox News - about 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 - about 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 - about 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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Teller talks up his directorial projects 'Play Dead,' 'Tim's Vermeer'
LATimes - over 4 years
The Sunday Conversation: The silent half of Penn & Teller gets chatty about directing the spooky stage show 'Play Dead' and documentary 'Tim's Vermeer.' Teller, the usually silent half of the renegade magician duo, Penn & Teller, recently perched on a couch at the Geffen Playhouse, where he had a lot to say about two projects he has helmed as director — "Play Dead," magician Todd Robbins' one-man creep show, which runs through Dec. 22 at the Geffen's Skirball Theater, and "Tim's Vermeer," about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to unearth the Dutch painter's techniques and re-create his work in a Texas warehouse. The film was executive produced by Penn Jillette, who also appears in it, and opens Dec. 13.
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The Rise of Libertarians? (Sunday at 10PM ET on FNC)
Fox Business News - over 4 years
IS THIS AMERICA'S LIBERTARIAN ERA? For the first time, several libertarians are members of Congress, and more Americans say they want government "to do less." Reason editors Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie say America has entered into a "libertarian era," and libertarians will be taken seriously. I sure hope so. RON PAUL REVOLUTION: Former presidential candidate Ron Paul did more than most anyone to get Americans interested in liberty. He says libertarians might be the future of the GOP. CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE: Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, says the libertarian surge is a "blip" and libertarians are nave when it comes to foreign policy. We'll debate. NEXT GENERATION: Students for Liberty Co-founder, Alexander McCobin, says the student libertarian movement is growing, and is already bigger than college Republicans and Democrats. Students for Liberty recently held conferences in Chile, Venezuela and Nigeria. Students Barbie Sostaita and Matthew La Corte say ...
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Lawrence O'Donnell, Glenn Beck Might Play Cop Partners In Movie
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Lawrence O'Donnell and Glenn Beck might play cop partners together on the silver screen. Yes, that's right. Penn Jillette appeared on Tuesday's "Last Word," where he announced his upcoming horror movie "Director's Cut." He said that two of the actors had already been cast: O'Donnell and Glenn Beck. Jillette, who is crowdfunding the movie, explained online: "I have gotten a tentative okay from BOTH Glenn and Lawrence to be in 'Director’s Cut.' They have both agreed to appear AND ACT in 'Director’s Cut.' Yeah, you’ve seen them in movies before, but it’s always playing themselves or generic newscasters. In our movie (and we’re all making this together), they will be playing police officers discussing their 'good cop/bad cop' strategy. Lawrence and Glenn have never met before but they will meet in person on the set of 'Director’s Cut.'" Beck and O'Donnell appeared in a video together, from different locations, for the movie's fundraising campaign. As of Wednesday afternoon, $88...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Penn Jillette
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    By his birthday, March 5, 2015, he had lost.
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  • 2014
    Age 58
    In December 2014, Jillette's blood pressure landed him in the hospital.
  • 2012
    Age 56
    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 55
    On August 16, 2011 Jillette's book God, No!
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    During 2010-2011, Jillette did a bi-weekly show on Revision3 called Penn Point.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    In 2008, Jillette was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, paired with professional dancer Kym Johnson.
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  • 2006
    Age 50
    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 49
    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 47
    Starting in 2003, Jillette, along with Teller, began producing and hosting the show Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Showtime.
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  • 1997
    Age 41
    For a brief time in 1997, Jillette wrote bi-weekly dispatches for the search engine Excite.com.
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  • 1996
    Age 40
    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 34
    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 32
    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 25
    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 18
    In 1974, Jillette graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
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  • 1973
    Age 17
    Jillette worked with high school classmate Michael Moschen in developing and performing a juggling act during the years immediately following their 1973 graduation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born in 1955.
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