Monday, November 07, 2005

Underwater Magic


David Copperfield has made the Statue of Liberty disappear, and David Blaine has spent inordinate amounts of time encased in things. But neither of them have ever performed a televised magic special underwater.

To that, we must turn to the prestidigitating team of Penn & Teller, who will take to the seas for an NBC special that the network says is the first of its kind ever to be performed entirely underwater. "Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End" is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13.

"We've been living in the Las Vegas desert for years. Nothing but cactus, sand, scorpions and Wayne Newton," says Penn Jillette, the vocal half of the duo. "And we realized it was time to do a show underwater. Magic needs a good head-soaking."

The pair, who also host the Showtime series "Penn & Teller: Bulls***!," filmed the special in the Caribbean, off the coast of Grand Cayman and the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. As part of the two-hour special, they'll make a submarine disappear and do tricks with sharks and "psychic" dolphins. They also have a new "super illusion" planned in which they'll walk on water.
As with their Vegas stage act, Penn will provide running commentary on each trick and reveal how he and Teller pull off their illusions.

Penn & Teller are executive producing the special with Mark Wolper ("Salem's Lot," "Bullshit!"). Star Price ("Bullshit!," "The Tonight Show") will direct and also receive an exec producer credit.



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