We don’t know the website “Looper” but it caught our eye today with a story on the behind the scenes of the wildly popular magic-oriented television show, Penn & Teller’s Fool Us.
We love logistics. Perhaps our love is in the extreme. We love to be at the back of the theater to see how props are packed and unpacked. The huge trucks and the many workers who move the props into their show-ready position. We really love it. Ask anyone who knows us — that’s about three people (or 2.2 people in metric, we think).
Looper takes readers inside and behind the filming of Fool Us and the time expended to film a season’s worth of shows in just a couple of days in front of an audience that could understandably be less enthusiastic as the taping goes on for hours.
One of the burning (literally — but that’s due to a Voodoo curse we received in New Orleans when we refused to pay for what we considered inadequate Voodoo practice — guess Madam Etouffee proved us wrong. We know experience physical burning sensations each time we obsess on some random thought. But that’s our problem, not yours, we hope) — trying to figure out why the delightful Alyson Hannigan wore the same lovely but repetitive dress for each show.
The Looper knows and explains.
We also wondered why there were many more female magicians fooling Penn & Teller — again, The Looper knows. It is an encouraging reason and promises good things for our beloved art. (“Beloved Art” was also the name of our sister’s fake lover — according to some court documents detailing the catfishing efforts of someone who wasn’t really name “Art” and certainly shouldn’t have been beloved by our innocent little sister). Louise took it stride — meaning she ran and kicked the fake Art to break off their relationship. Louise is now working in Hollywood as a freelance conjoined twin for some of the biggest stars in the business. She has beautiful red hair all down her back — unfortunately, none on her head, just down her back.
So our sister Louise shares the redhead / red-hairy back trait with Ms. Hannigan.
The story goes even further behind the scenes to reveal how Penn & Teller’s guess at the method of the trick is checked by a magician who knows the secret. There have been times when Penn & Teller disagreed with the off-stage judge but the judge’s ruling is final. How many times have we heard that phrase in our errant attempts to become Mr. California, Mr. Hollywood, Mr. North Hollywood, Mr. single block between Melrose and Santa Monica, Mr. Living Room in an apartment over a dog food bakery on Santa Monica? Many times, that’s how many. We still have our sash for third prize (“Mr. Congenital”) but it doesn’t mean so much to us now that we know what “congenital” means.
Check out The Looper article and keep scrolling because they have a behind the scenes of Michael Carbonaro’s The Carbonaro Effect just below the Penn & Teller story.
Both are puff-pieces but in a good way.