Penn and Teller conjure up magical moments in Hammond

2014-03-13T19:30:00Z 2014-03-16T17:04:10Z Penn and Teller conjure up magical moments in HammondEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

The atmosphere at Penn and Teller's March 7 show at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino was indeed magical. The production showcased the duo's award-winning stage antics and polished comedic skills.

As audience members took their seats at the duo's Hammond show, jazzy cabaret music played in the background giving the highly-charged environment a bit of a Vegas and vaudevillian touch.

Duo Penn and Teller are a fascinating team who easily blend comedy and magic in a unique show filled with non-stop energy and trickery.

Their Hammond show proved a winner with fans as audience members packed the house for the mixture of mayhem and magic in a style only Penn and Teller can bring to the stage.

The duo, who performed for the first time together in 1975, is still at the top of their game and never fail to mesmerize with their tricks, sleight of hand maneuvers and humorous ways.

Penn, the performer who does all the speaking in the act, has a real way with words while Teller's nonverbal communication is a hit.

Among illlusions the duo performed on the Hammond stage were various unveilings of tricks in which they solicited audience interaction. One of the first fascinating stage ventures involved the disappearance of a gentleman's cell phone coupled with the filming of the trick as Penn humorously cautioned him "not" to let anyone see the video.

Another joke starred an audience member filming Penn's various actions and Teller adding to the humorous gimmickry by taking assorted items off a table in an attempt to confuse the man.

Penn's fire-eating and juggling segments were also highlights of the show by these "Bad Boys of Magic."

After the concert, Penn and Teller met with fans in the lobby of The Venue where they spoke with admirers, signed autographs and took pictures, including a great deal of "selfies," with fans.

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