Six-time Las Vegas Magicians of the Year and Emmy Award winners Penn & Teller will be inducted on Friday into an exclusive club of entertainers. The stars from the Rio will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Magic Castle, located down Hollywood Boulevard from where the star will be placed, will host a ceremony on Saturday to award the duo its seventh Magician of the Year honor.
The star, the 2,494thon the Walk of Fame, will be placed at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard, just steps away from Houdini’s. The 11:30 a.m. unveiling ceremony will be streamed live at walkoffame.com.
Penn & Teller have outsold every other magic act on the Strip. With its 12-year tenure at the Rio, theirs is one of the longest-running shows in Las Vegas. Tall and lanky Penn is the show’s comic narrator, and diminutive Teller provides much of the action. The two break all the important rules of magic to show guests how famous illusions are done and then replace old tricks with new as they amaze the audience with their own feats of deception.
Penn & Teller have taken their unique blend of comic honesty and clever stunts to the airwaves. The team’s Showtime series “Penn & Teller: BS!” took on claims about everything from alien abduction to psychic powers and bottled water to reveal the truth about fakes and frauds. The show was nominated for 13 Emmys and is the longest-running series in the history of the network. Penn & Teller’s latest TV venture, “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie,” premiered in October on the Discovery Channel.
Penn & Teller have recently returned to British TV with the hit “Pen & Teller: Fool Us!” in which magic hopefuls and veteran illusionists try to trick the two experts and win a spot in the Vegas show.
The authors of three “New York Times” best-sellers and the hosts of Emmy-winning specials on ABC, NBC and Comedy Central, Penn & Teller are best known for their work as a pair, but the two have been successful in their individual efforts as well. Teller directed “Macbeth” through an East Coast tour and has written two books. Penn has written three books, including the best-seller “God No!” and hosted the NBC game show “Identity.” He was a contestant on the 2008 season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and is currently competing on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.