Taller, louder half of Penn and Teller magician duo
Penn Jillette

Penn Fraser Jillette (born 5 March 1955) is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, filmmaker, television personality and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo have been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. Jillette serves as the act's orator and raconteur.

Images

Penn and Teller - The Advocates
300x216 JPEG, color

Born

5 Mar 1955, Penn Fraser Jillette, in Greenfield, Massachusetts

Associations

Cato Institute, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow

Web Pages

The Advocates for Self-Government Penn and Teller
Includes photograph of Penn and Teller, profile essay and quotes
"As befitting his "loud" status, Jillette talks about his political beliefs at the drop of a rabbit-filled hat. In an interview with the Boston Phoenix (July 2-8, 2004), he said, "Well, I'm a real total-freedom nut, a libertarian, and I'm one of those crazy optimists. Let people do what they want and everything will be okay." On the FilmForce.IGN.com Web site, Jillette said, "I'm a hardcore libertarian. I want everything legal." (October 13, 2003) And in the Cato Institute's Regulation Magazine, he described himself as "a Libertarian, pro-freedom, governs-least-governs-best, free market advocate." (Summer 2001)"
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech

Filmography

Penn Jillette - IMDb
Includes biography, filmography, photos, video clips and trivia
"Penn Jillette was born on March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA as Penn Fraser Jillette. He is a writer and producer, known for Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003) and Hackers (1995). He has been married to Emily Zolten Jillette since November 23, 2004. They have two children."

Articles

A "Magical" Visit to Libertarian Party Headquarters, Libertarian Party News, Jan 1998
Short report, with photograph, on Jillette's visit to the Libertarian Party national headquarters
"Libertarian Party member Penn Jillette ... stopped by party headquarters in Washington, DC, for a visit on October 31st. Jillette, the taller and more vocal half of the magical comedy team of Penn & Teller, was in town to promote their new book, How to Play in Traffic, and to perform at the Patriot Center in Virginia. "Penn & Teller's book is a real hoot to read," said Crickenberger. "And, surprisingly for a magic book, there's quite a lot of libertarian rhetoric. Along with a generally irreverent attitude toward government, they call for private road ownership, privatizing NASA, and stopping terrorism with freedom.""
Clint Eastwood announces: I'm a "libertarian", Libertarian Party News, 18 Feb 1997
Libertarian Party press release based on Eastwood's response to a Playboy interview question: "How would you characterize yourself politically?"
"Eastwood joins a growing number of individuals in the entertainment industry who have identified themselves as libertarians. Included on that list are TV star John Laroquette, humorist Dave Barry, author P.J. O'Rourke, movie actor Russell Means, magician Jillette Penn, author Camille Paglia, TV reporter John Stossell, and comedian Dennis Miller."
Penn Jillette: The magician-comedian-writer's secrets revealed!, by Bryan Curtis, Slate, 4 Feb 2006
Profile of Jillette as a thinker, recounting how his 2005 documentary The Aristocrats came about and his attempts at deconstructing comedy as well as magic
"Penn Jillette's place in show business is less as a magician or comedian than as a thinker. A very deep thinker ... Jillette would make for an odd academic. Standing 6 foot 6 inches, wearing his hair in a ponytail, he looks like a man who spends a great deal of his time in a bowling alley ... Yet his snarling stage persona, which is like a sideshow hustler crossed with an insult comic, hides a surprisingly inquisitive mind ... Jillette has made a career out of pulling back the curtain. In his Showtime series Bullshit!, which he hosts with Teller, he investigates everyday scams like heavenly signs appearing in cheese sandwiches ..."

Interviews

Voodoo and Violence: Magician Penn Jillette sees through the censors' tricks, by Penn Jillette, Steve Kurtz, Reason
Topics discussed include: Janet Reno's denunciations of TV violence, the confusions about "censorship", Howard Stern, Beavis and Butt-Head and contrasting Republicans vs. Democrats
"Reason: Recently ... you lectured Attorney General Janet Reno on the difference between real blood and stage blood. What ... moved you to comment ... in such a public way?
Penn: ... As far as I'm concerned, we did not move into politics; Janet Reno moved into art. One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. That is the subject that, if you have a brain in your head, is always dealt with in magic. ... So we have always harped on the distinction between reality and illusion, and it really isn't a political issue."

Videos


Penn and Teller Explain Sleight of Hand, by Penn Jillette, Teller, 24 Nov 2006
Teller demonstrates seven principles of magic while Penn explains
Related Topic: Magic

Penn Jillette: Why I Am A Libertarian, 21 Nov 2011
Related Topic: Libertarianism

Penn's Obama Rant, Penn's Sunday School, 19 May 2012
Penn talks about Obama's admission of using "marijuana and maybe a little blow"
Related Topics: War on Drugs, Barack Obama

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