Penn and Teller Net Worth $175 Million
Penn and Teller are American magicians and illusionists, who mainly specialize in gruesome tricks, elaborate pranks and exposing frauds. Penn Fraser Jillette was born on March 5, 1955, in Massachusetts, US. The outspoken atheist and libertarian first rose to fame in the mid 1980s alongside Raymond Joseph Teller. On the other hand, Teller is a 65-year old illusionist, who’s known to be a man of few words. He rarely makes a sound during performances, and has spoken very few times during their magical acts. The famed duo has derived much of their wealth, which amounts to $175 million, from their career as magicians and illusionists.
Penn and Teller first met in 1975 at a comedy show. A couple of years later, they were appearing on popular television shows and touring the country, showcasing jaw-dropping stunts. They astonished their audience with a range of tricks that involved eating fire, swallowing massive embroidery needles and juggling knives among other kinds of lethal acts. Their success led the duo into making one of the earliest appearances on Saturday Night Live. They later branched out into movie roles and concert films. In 1989, they launched their own eponymous feature called “Penn & Teller Get Killed. The duo also launched the “Penn & Teller: Bullshit”, a Showtime network series. The duo has also stared in the 2011 series Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Tell Us a Lie.
During an interview with Larry King, Penn stated that the reason why he and Teller were successful was due to the fact that the weren't close friends. These remarks caused a stir among their fans, but Penn later clarified his comments stating that the two (him and Teller) have mutual respect for each other, and that they consider themselves to be very close relatives. Besides being a magician, Teller is an author and has written a number of magic books.
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