Penn & Teller inks new Rio deal

Jul 16, 2002 6:57 AM

Penn and Teller, named "Magicians of the Year" two years in a row, recently signed a long term agreement to perform at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The contract, effective in September, 2002, will keep the performers at the Rio’s 1,500-seat Samba Theater through September, 2004.

"We’re pleased to have a new deal with Penn and Teller," said Tom Jenkin, senior vice president and general manager for the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Hotel. "Magic shows have always been a tradition in Las Vegas ”¦ but this show takes magic to a new realm, offering something you just won’t see anywhere else.

"Their unconventional combination of magic and comedy makes it a perfect match for the Rio," Jenkin said.

Penn Jillette was equally pleased to finalize the new contract: "We thought we bought a time share in Brazil, but this is even better," he said.

If one word describes Penn and Teller, it is, without a doubt, "cool." The pair has an uncanny ability to capture the collective imagination through comedy, magic and amazing stage presence.

Penn Jillette and the single-named Teller are consummate tricksters, who also happen to be the world’s biggest skeptics. Their trickery not only possesses an entrancing magical element, but also offers audiences an intriguing intellectual challenge.

Together since 1975, their award-winning theater show has been a long running hit on and off-Broadway.

After playing small clubs, theaters and the Renaissance Fair circuit, Penn and Teller’s unconventional combination of magic and comedy gained national attention when their stage show opened off-Broadway in 1985, leading to appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman," "Saturday Night Live," and "Miami Vice." In 1987 their stage show moved to Broadway, the first of two successful runs.

They’ve also played "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and the "Hollywood Squares."