Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Penn Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour|
Actors: Penn Jillette, Teller, Gali Gali
Directors: Hugo Smith, Mick Grogan, Ric Esther Bienstock
Genres: Comedy, Television, Documentary
Join the maverick masters of illusion as they trek to China, India, and Egypt, and witness astounding feats of magic and other inexplicable things. Pack your bags and take a funny and unpredictable trip that reveals rarely... more »
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Mike Bounds | Orlando, Fl | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a longtime Penn & Teller fan, I've become used to, and even look forward to, their "snide and sarcastic humor" but this show is SO much more! This isn't about two Vegas magicians telling you about magic - its about two very knowledgeable men who are students of the art form and want to trace it back to its roots.
These guys know every move and trick in the book, and have made alot of money with that knowledge, yet they come across as genuinely humbled by the experiences that we witness with them. I found myself comparing this to Michael Palin's fantastic series of travel specials, where you feel that you are travelling right along with them.
I hope they do more of these shows one day!"
Fine but Not Up to the Usual Standard
John A Lee III | San Antonio, TX | 10/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This program actually consists of 3 separate programs. Penn & Teller are on the road to learn about the traditional magic of other countries. Those examined include China, Egypt and India. They are not out seeking famous stage magicians. Rather, they are looking for street performers and cultural items.
The programs are both informative and entertaining. This has less to do with the magic acts presented than with Penn & Teller's snide and sarcastic sense of humor. The shows were worth watching but, for me at least, are not worth repeating.
Penn and Teller document the history of magic like noone els
Evan Lucas | New Jersey | 10/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Penn and Teller fan or just interested in magic and it's history, you must buy this DVD. Penn and Teller travel to China,Egypt, and India to learn about magic and magicians in these countries. Each trip is it's own documentary as we follow Penn and Teller around and even get some footage of Teller talking to the camera. The editing and footage is so great, and makes you feel as though you are with them on their journeys. The animated opening and catchy theme song is also fantastic. I've been singing it all day. You won't be dissapointed with the purchase of the DVD and there are even some great extras!!
They do it, so we don't have to...
M. J Gehrking | Pewaukee, WI United States | 02/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was amazed by the historical informaton and introspective reactions by both Penn & Teller in this video series. They are obviously masters of the game by any standard - but it's almost as if they were humbled (if that's possible for Penn!) by their surroundings in each of the three countries they visited.
Magic aside - the socialist setting of rural China, to the poverty stricken maze of streets in India and Egypt - these documentary travels would be excellent as social and cultural teaching tools for jaded U.S. Jr. & Sr. high kids. Plus - some pretty cool tricks, too.
It's interesting to note that the original travel & production date is 2000 -- before 9/11."