Give Blood Get Free Penn & Teller Tickets
The holiday season is the time for giving and Las Vegas illusionists Penn & Teller are again offering free tickets while bringing a touch of joy this Christmas. The duo has an annual campaign supporting southern Nevada's regional blood bank. Penn Jillette is set to donate blood Tuesday morning at the United Blood Services office on West Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas as part of the duo's "13 Bloody Days of Christmas" campaign. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino owner Harrah's Entertainment says Penn & Teller will provide two tickets to their show to donors during the eighth annual blood drive through Dec. 31.
Last year, the campaign drew 23,618 donors that helped 65,030 medical patients. Officials say the holidays typically put pressure on the community blood supply, since many people are too busy with other activities to donate. All times of the year, the blood bank is looking for people to donate, but there is no better Christmas present then saving someone’s life by giving blood.
Penn & Teller are longtime Las Vegas headliners whose act is an amalgam of illusion and comedy. Penn Jillette is a raconteur; Teller generally uses mime while performing, although his voice can occasionally be heard throughout their performance. They specialize in gory tricks, exposing frauds, and performing clever pranks, and have become associated with Las Vegas, atheism, scientific skepticism, and libertarianism. Since 2001, Penn & Teller have performed six nights a week (or as Penn puts it on Bullshit!: "Every night of the week . . . except Fridays!") in Las Vegas at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino.
One of their more recent tricks involves a nail gun with blanked (missing) nails from its strip of nails. Penn begins by firing several nails (presumably real) into a board in front of him. He then proceeds to turn the nail gun on himself several times while suffering no injuries. His patter builds as he oscillates between firing blanks at himself and firing nails into the board. While performing he explains that the trick is merely memorization, but the lone fact that he does not flinch when he could fire a nail into his hand is the trick. He concludes by saying the greatest trick is this, while putting the nail gun up to his neck assuming no nails are within, and fires without even blinking.
Penn Jillette has told interviewer Larry King that a big part of the duo's success and longevity is due to their never having been close friends. They enjoy working together immensely, but have little in common besides magic. As a result of their drastically different lifestyles and interests, they rarely socialize or interact when not working. Giving back to the community that the duo has called home for the last 9 years helps build respect for performers from the locals.
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