Anyone who's been to Vegas knows that earning acclaim as the town's most popular magicians is nothing to sniff at — Sin City is where illusionists big and small ply their trade in showrooms and arenas all over The Strip.
Penn & Teller, though, managed to turn their edgy brand of comedy-infused magic into a 12-year run (and counting) at The Rio, outselling all other magic men in town and garnering them seven wins as Las Vegas Magicians of the Year.
Of course, most of us don't live in Vegas, but we've gotten to know Penn Gillette and his diminutive silent partner Raymond Teller through their decades in the public eye, through Broadway shows, TV appearances on David Letterman and assorted talk shows and their long-running Showtime show Bullshit!, on which they dispelled conspiracies and "common knowledge" about everything from alien abduction and PETA to the war on drugs and astrology.
Live performance remains the cornerstone of Penn & Teller's career, and the duo is coming to Spokane May 13 for a show at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 8:30 am, and cost $65, $75 or $95.
Dan Nailen is the former editor of the Inlander. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied at the University of Utah and University of...