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I intend to do the Penn & Teller show until they pry my cheesy magic wand from my cold dead fingers.
I'm a taker in terms of jokes. I love to hear a good joke, but I don't retain jokes. I'm not a good teller of jokes.
I did plenty of jobs that I hated. I was a bank teller and terrible at it. I parked cars, a valet. I answered phones. I somehow avoided being a waiter. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep the order straight. I'm not much of a multi-tasker.
Trust the tale, not the teller.
I've always felt that the traditional novel doesn't give you enough information about the narrator, and I think it's important to know the point of view from which these tales are told: the moral makeup of the teller.
W. G. Sebald
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Nobody who is a Penn & Teller fan thinks of us first and foremost as magicians, but as a comedy team.
By the very nature of his art, which depends on invention and innovation, a story teller must depart from the beaten track and, having done so, occasionally startle and disagree with some of his associates. Healthy disagreement we must have.
The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
If there are two things Penn & Teller stand for, it's the truth & lying, although not necessarily in that order.
One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. That is the subject that, if you have a brain in your head, is always dealt with in magic. The smarter the tricks you're doing, the more that' s an important thing.
Short films really helped me develop as a story teller, animator, and as a director.
Redemption isn't giving a bank robber a job as a teller.
My brother Billy was the joke teller. My brother Jim had a really sharp, cutting wit. And the teller of long stories, that was my brother Ed. As a child, I just absorbed everything they said, and I was always in competition for the laughs.
The philosophical spirit is not satisfied to simply accept what it is told, no matter how much prestige the teller seems to have. This is true even if the teller is a god.
Penn & Teller don't know jack about global warming.
Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing - actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals.
It wasn't success, because Teller and I, by the time Asparagus Valley got together - within a year, we had achieved all our goals. I mean, our goal was to earn our living doing exactly what we wanted. Which is many people's goal.
I'm a yarn teller. My job is to engage you as much as I can and as often as I can.
I'm a big Penn & Teller fan. But I myself was never very good; I was a teenage magician who performed at kids' parties. I can still perform a vanish, credibly, and I still, in special circumstances, will make a balloon animal.
I do like the idea of consequence and how our actions play themselves out, but I am completely scared of knowing what the future would be like. I would never go near a fortune teller, even though it's probably not even real. I just don't wanna know.
I am less comfortable saying I am a jeweller and more comfortable saying I am a story teller.
I think the genre of comics sometimes overtakes the medium, and people assume that they are kind of frivolous. If you have a good, strong story teller, they can be as affecting as any character in literature. Period.
One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality.
Penn & Teller stopped doing practical jokes, and the reason is we got much too good at it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
Thomas J. Watson
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