Monday, May 28, 2018|2 a.m.
Penn & & Teller have been performing at the Rio because 2001 and still the veteran duo’s program remains an utterly special offering in the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. It’s too sharp and funny to compare to any other magic-based production, too intellectual and good-hearted to be thought about amongst comedy shows. It runs like a well-oiled machine yet feels spontaneous and packed with potential surprises, most likely due to the fact that it’s constantly being fine-tuned and fine-tuned if not completely upgraded.
When they’re onstage, it’s difficult to think Penn is 63 and Teller is 70 as they separately and collectively discharge the same robust energy that made their act a Broadway phenomenon in the 1980s: Mr. Jillette as the limitless raconteur and Mr. Teller as a smirking, solemn wizard. They’ve been carrying out together for 43 years now, developed as pop-culture icons through three various decades. They have actually guested in music videos by Run DMC in 1987 (” It’s Difficult”) and Katy Perry in 2009 (” Waking Up In Vegas”). That’s remaining power.
But their restless imagination keeps the modifications consistent in their Vegas show. Days after I captured the act, they revamped the entryway series. Unlike other magicians, illusionists and mentalists, Penn & & Teller have actually embraced big swings in technology and enormous quantities of online content and how those things impact the experience of their audience. The opening technique declares a worried volunteer’s phone, vanishes it several times and transports it to an extremely unexpected final destination, all while the phone’s video recorder is on. That way the volunteer gets to discover how the technique is done once it’s over. Another difficult task utilizes numerous audience members to produce the ultimate, unbreakable password for our many online accounts, randomly created by various choices however magically thought by Penn & & Teller, obviously. Along the method, we find out the most used and most easily hacked actual passwords, one of which is “Password.” What other Vegas program offers such important life lessons?
The grand ending welcomes a large group of showgoers onstage to witness the close-up disappearing of Elsie, the African Spotted Pigmy Elephant, and it’s as excellent an impression as you’ll discover in Las Vegas. If it’s not the most whimsical moment of the program, that would have to be Teller’s analysis of a traditional sleight-of-hand regular originated by The Fantastic Tomsoni, longtime Las Vegas illusionist and comedian Johnny Thompson, a fantastic impact on Penn & & Teller who works with them behind the scenes today. This program is essential Vegas, two performers at the top of their video game who continue to challenge themselves.
Penn & & Teller perform at 9 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday at the Penn & & Teller Theater at the Rio (3700 W. Flamingo Road, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.