Part of the reason of blog so much of my life is because, with so much going on in it, it’s hard to remember exact details from time to time. For example, I saw Penn & Teller perform in Washington, DC over ten years ago. When exactly? I’m not sure. I *think* it was in the year 2000 – but I can’t be entirely sure since I couldn’t find a blog post about it. (My blog starts in 2003.)
Shannon and I were visiting our friend Bill who had recently moved there for a job, and our days were spent playing tourist in at the National Mall. It was early into our (Shannon and I’s) relationship, so we were discovering our shared love for wandering around museums. When planning to go, Bill pointed out that Penn & Teller were performing in town and that we should all go.
It was an amazing presentation. Magic. Social commentary. Comedy. It really was a unique show… even though I kept seeing Penn Jillette as “that corporate computer guy” from Hackers.
I got tickets from my sister-in-law and her husband for my birthday (last December) to see them again at Hard Rock Live in Orlando on February 5th.
The show, over a decade later, was still awesome.
I firmly believe that those two guys are the singular reason that magic is still in the mainstream consciousness. Who else is there? Criss Angel? (Trendy.) David Copperfield (Downplayed since his issues in the news a few years back.)
SIDE NOTE: Anyone else remember when they were going to open that big David Copperfield store/experience next to the AMC Theatres in Downtown Disney (now “Disney Springs”)?
So yeah – the magic of “magic” is a torch held firmly by Penn & Teller, and they continue to do an amazing job with it many years later. I only managed a couple of photos during their show (since, you know, I was watching it!) Here’s one of my better ones:
To make things even cooler, Penn Jillette retweeted the photo. (https://twitter.com/TomCroom/status/695808479542562816)
I love the Internet.
So, on average, I now see Penn & Teller about once every fifteen years. Let’s hope they are still touring in 2031.