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Penn & Teller - Don't Try This at Home (1990)

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Thought I'd already uploaded this; guess I hadn't. 1990 Penn & Teller special that I first saw on public access (WGBH channel 2, to be precise). Not too sure where it originally came from. Relatively obscure, even for one of their older works. It wasn't even listed on their Wikipedia, last I checked (11/01/12) [While that was true at the time, it has since been added]. Again, most of the gags are repeats/repeated later, but it does contain the first video appearance of the 'Invisible Box Trick', and it's worth watching because P&T are awesome. This video was originally uploaded while YouTube was experiencing a service drop, so the 'Description' section was nonsensical gibberish at first. Oh, wait, it still is.
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Nate Withers (7 days ago)
Why does young penn sound like Harley from epic meal time
Cam'Ron DeLeon (9 days ago)
*I bet it is fake cinder blocks made of foam and rubber Wheels but they're Hollow inside but TBH idk*
dpgriffith (18 days ago)
wtf 240p? that is pretty bad.
JoeDeceiver (18 days ago)
dpgriffith Yeah, sorry about that; it’s a really old rip, from a VHS.
jaster Castle (19 days ago)
Oh shit they seem so different! hhhh
SUZANNE SUTTLER (21 days ago)
Orange justice 5:00
MUDSWAT (21 days ago)
Teller is extremely physical!
cpg90zbaby 1 (22 days ago)
Why is Victoria acting so dumb? Is it a common theme penn and teller have women hosts that act really dumb?
Victor Clemente (22 days ago)
Is she Demie Moore?
Hackybaby (23 days ago)
thumb down. victorias role can be discribed as "dull", "pretty" and "haz understood everyzing". bachdell test = failed
Kyla Monique (25 days ago)
Why doesn’t teller speak?
ViralTaco (26 days ago)
The fire eating "trick" is always impressive to me. Lighter fluid tastes horrible. And even knowing how it's done I can't help but wonder how Penn isn't left with a bad taste in his mouth.
Ravex24 (29 days ago)
You can tell they did multiple shows to makes this special. Look at the gas levels in the left glass at 19:21. Then look when it cuts to the wide angle at 19:27. Just an observation.
Ian Penfold (29 days ago)
beautiful fire routine
Tales Kursped (1 month ago)
I'm definitely gonna try that truck trick at home. ye
M C (1 month ago)
My bet, it's a fake tire. Edit: Well, I was partially right.
M C (1 month ago)
26:54 Do I not understand how these traps work or is he clearly grabbing the bread and bologna from behind the teeth of the trap, meaning no matter how slow he was there was no risk of harm? Is this the trick? It seems far too obvious..
Thomas Truther (1 month ago)
These guys wear red shoes to this day and Pen always paints one of his fingernails red because these people are part of the cabal they are satanists they don't have any real power but they think someday they might. If you watch one or two episodes of their latest thing about full Penn and Teller you will see it's saturated with symbolism and sexual immorality thought these guys are mid to high-level Satanist because their father the devil loves deception
Haldrada savig (26 days ago)
Are you actually fucking retarded
Hind. TheDreamer (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot, this is amazing 😍
A Floyd (1 month ago)
This aired on NBC in the 80s.
WillFulForza (1 month ago)
Potato cam and wow we use to watch shit in that quality
WillFulForza (1 month ago)
Is was 28 years ago and I’m 14 and it was made 14 years before I was born
Mc Jethro Pov Tee (1 month ago)
OMG, did Teller survive the truck? -_- (Don't get me wrong I love the magic.
KN1SH11 (12 days ago)
Mc Jethro Pov Tee No RIP
Chaschuky999 (1 month ago)
I bet they did the truck trick with flex tape
Chaschuky999 (1 month ago)
I swear when they die they are gonna publish an entire book of all the secrets
ádám Tóth (1 month ago)
Geez i miss these simple times LUL
Aaron Versiontwo (1 month ago)
I recorded this on VHS and slowed it down to learn a lot of this stuff. We didn't have the internet then.
Film 020315 (1 month ago)
31:52 You forgot fünf. You completely skipped it, then went from German to English, and finished by saying six and seven. The only trick you disappointed me with.
Olivia Boismier (1 month ago)
Teller is perfect. I love how he uses facial expressions to add to all their shows. It wouldn't be the same without him.
Mike O'Barr (1 month ago)
Is nobody going to bring up the fact Teller made a ham and cheese sandwich with peanut butter? That's the most shocking part of the routine!
Lila Hartwig (1 month ago)
love that they reveal the tricks secrets
john dowe (2 months ago)
no, not the bees!
Tw!st3d D!gg3r (2 months ago)
Ahh
YOSHIKO LEAMAN (2 months ago)
As soon as I saw the name of this video I tried it at home just to say you're not my dad
Street Skater 66 (2 months ago)
Fire eating woman is so fuckable😋
TheRealG's Channel (2 months ago)
3:00 nice fake thumbs Edit: u can see that when they want to ‘get back the handkerchief’ they had to push their thumb and pull their thumb really quickly, not a great sleight of hand, but it would be actually really hard without a fake thumb...
ESTO (2 months ago)
thats a lot of fake thumbs
Naeuio (2 months ago)
*Lyrics* : Look! My hands are empty! Look! A little white hankie! Watch closely! Not closely enough! It's gone! But a little wiffle dust and it's back! Thank you!
Naeuio (2 months ago)
The voice of the girl that's presenting the truck trick is annoooooooooooooooooooooooooying
Dab Hacks2 (1 month ago)
Victoria Jackson?
MrMajorduck (2 months ago)
7 Years bad luck
Nick West (2 months ago)
Whiffle Dust sounds quite useful
That guy (2 months ago)
bees bees Bees BEes BEEs BEES *BEES* *BEEEEEEEEEES*
Cel (2 months ago)
who knew marshmallows were dangerous lmao
Lochrine -8 (2 months ago)
Time to kill the doughnuts
Jacob Connolly (2 months ago)
The most important thing in entertainment is fun. If the performers look like they're having fun, it spreads to the audience too. This is something Penn and Teller have got *down.*
Matthews Blank (2 months ago)
26:40 Is that a reference to El Chavo del Ocho? It's a surprise for me that people know it in the United States.
Tim Aaron (2 months ago)
Don't romanticise smoking. Smoking is bad
Haldrada savig (26 days ago)
Shut up
Luke Darma (2 months ago)
The 90s were weird
Saraç İçöz (3 months ago)
21.00, this is what magicians do instead of actual sex
Sion I'd... (3 months ago)
Yeah, it makes sense that the same person who says "marshmallows cant harm you" smokes.
Tricky Piston (3 months ago)
Who puts peanut butter in a meats and cheese sandwich
EmilioMcChicken (3 months ago)
Jesus they look so young
Elzo Kerstjens (3 months ago)
13:47
Wyatt Brownell (3 months ago)
Tbh that fire swallowing act was one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen
Fej Piramis (4 months ago)
30:18 Bradley Cooper spotted
Nosh (4 months ago)
they did the trap one on their show and he throws the sandwich to teller and it closes on a fake arm which was really awesome. Love seeing them do the same trick but adding things over the years.
imkluu (4 months ago)
Jane Curtain sucks at doing magic tricks. no flare or performance showmanship at all, just dully walks thru it. Penn and Teller get so much better than this.
imkluu (4 months ago)
Did Penn introduce Victoria Jackson as Victoria Johnson? It sounded like it to me.
Greg Guettler (4 months ago)
i just got a fucking 2 minute unskipable ad. WTF youtube
John Weaver (4 months ago)
Anyone know the piano piece playing during the fire scene? Approx. 17:30?
voldem0rt (4 months ago)
This was a ABC or NBC special. I was like eight and gung ho on magic. I remember it like it was last week. It was an october or november special.
David Sanders (5 months ago)
What is blurred at 16:37 a baby lawsuit?
Logan Leathers (5 months ago)
NOT THE BEES!
Daniel Saunders (5 months ago)
That blond bitch is fucking annoying
Kolission (5 months ago)
Trap Door!
twitte0king (5 months ago)
they are the original mythbuster
John F30 (5 months ago)
This is 28 years old, but Teller looks better now! Weird
Da Foo (6 months ago)
Hey, it's Victoria Jackson before she became a conservative, conspiracy theorist nutjob.
Dats Awesome (6 months ago)
holy shit when Penn started to dance. It made my life
sydIRISH (6 months ago)
P&T....the BEST!!!!
Gggggho (6 months ago)
Showmanship was much better back then
OmegaFoxxtrot (6 months ago)
17:29 Kids, if you don't get this sequence, don't ask your parents. They'll just tell you to wait till you're older, then never explain it.
ProudToBe AnAmerican (7 months ago)
They did that first trick on Fool Us. Same choreography. lol.
Edwin Cheesecake (7 months ago)
12:45 Is this like when rockstars smash their guitars into their amps?
Matt Lewandowski (7 months ago)
oh I wish I could have seen them live. but I think they have been watching too many Gallagher shows. ah street performers in love :) beautiful is it not?
Luca P (7 months ago)
Jesus Christ I always thought teller was like a midget but I just looked it up and penn is ducking 6’7”.
JoeDeceiver (7 months ago)
Yeah, people often call Teller 'short', but he's actually 5'10, which, yeah, isn't *tall*, but it's definitely not short!
Dillon Pruitt (7 months ago)
The music is supremely 90s sounding. The nostalgia is unreal.
only-one earth (7 months ago)
everyone looks so happy in 1990 .... i miss those times.
Gemi Phine (8 months ago)
So, they used to do dangerous tricks too :O
Nixxi (8 months ago)
They are why i got into magic and stunts
miss unknown (8 months ago)
I love watching magic videos 👍🙂
Zackary Doland (8 months ago)
What a disgusting sandwich.
DontMockMySmock (8 months ago)
90s as fuck
Big Al Moonshine (8 months ago)
Is the bimbo thing with Victoria just an act?
Kinjiro Tsuchiya (8 months ago)
That marshmallow bit had me rolling on the floor.
Not You (8 months ago)
my prediction for the truck, all but one of the wheels are real. one wheel will be foam or some other soft material but if they run over teller with all the wheels i got no idea
Not You (8 months ago)
the fake teller thing might be it to
ALeKS (8 months ago)
pls someone tell me victoria lived to voice Harley Quinn, she's the perfect ditz
Landen Goodwin (9 months ago)
Don’t try it at home. Try it in the yard, school, and anyone else except the house
TriGGletyplay (9 months ago)
Is that her from Twin Peaks?
Ethan Boulanger (9 months ago)
Is there a name for the song during the fire swallowing act around the 17 minute mark. It’s been stuck in my head for like a month now.
flewkisdead (9 months ago)
He already gave away the trick when a hand with a watch showed up. Teller took off his jacket and was not wearing a watch.
Pienimusta (9 months ago)
Homer isn't real? My life is ruined
Sam Awada (9 months ago)
ben and teller suck terrible..
Christopher Waits (10 months ago)
Look. Old people. A little whiffle death and.. They're gone!
Matthew Smith (10 months ago)
26:47 what it fells like to take the last slice a pizza
Matthew Smith (10 months ago)
12:44 when your friends are vandalizing but you dont want to and they force you to help
Devlin20102011 (10 months ago)
Took me this long to realize the body section where they do it clear is NOT how they do it originally. You can see the hand stick out while the middle piece is in the middle of the air his hand sticks out, which isn’t possible with a trap door.
Alex C (8 months ago)
Devlin20102011 The mid-air hand is Penn's, not Tellers. It's so brief that it's harder to tell
LaborHours (10 months ago)
Was hoping Teller would get smashed dead and Penn goes to jail for manslaughter. Then Penn says, "No tricks here folks, he's dead as fuck!"
Alex Machan (11 months ago)
Don't listen to the bee section with headphones on. Its terrifying.
Joseph May (11 months ago)
who's the lady doing the fire thing
JoeDeceiver (11 months ago)
Carol Perkins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Perkins#Early_life.2C_Ford_Model
Justin Widle (11 months ago)
I forgot that Victoria Jackson was a cute in the early 90's. 10/10 comedy waifu.

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