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Penn And Teller Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

posted 6 Apr 2013, 04:32 by Mpelembe   [ updated 6 Apr 2013, 04:33 ]

Penn & Teller receive the 2,494th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAUNITED STATES (APRIL 05, 2013) (REUTERS) - The magicians Penn & Teller received the 2,494th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday (April 05) after more than 35 years of entertaining fans with a Las Vegas act that they've also taken to Broadway, television and on world tours.

"Thanks so much," said Penn Jillette, alongside his silent partner Teller, while giving a short speech before the star's unveiling. "A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame goes all across the country and all around the world, and means so much," he said. Adding "so of all of the awards, this is the one that seems to mean the most."

Fellow magician David Copperfield and longtime friend, Trey Parker, a co-creator of the Comedy Central animated series "South Park," were also on hand to praise the duo.

"Like great film, music, and theater, magic has potential. Magic can be a medium of expression. In my work, I use magic to tell stories, to relay emotion, and to ultimately make people realize that the things you often think are impossible, are possible. Penn and Teller do things their own way, they use magic to express their own world view, they use magic to express themselves, their beliefs, and their disbeliefs. And for that reason, these men are artists," says David Copperfield, who described himself as a one-time rival of Penn & Teller.

"They use entertainment in a way to get a bigger message out," says "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker. "A message that says, 'look at the beauty of these tricks, but know that they're tricks,' and we started using this a bunch on 'South Park' too because in a world full of lying douchebags who speak to the dead, and in a world where a channel called history runs shows about aliens and the paranormal, it's pretty easy to get led astray from the truth, so thank gosh for these guys."

Penn & Teller's star is located near that of Harry Houdini's. The duo are set receive the Magicians of the Year Award at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, an honorary organization for elite magicians, on April 6.

Penn Jillette and the taciturn Teller have performed together since the late 1970s, redefining the genre of magic and creating their own distinct niche in comedy.

They had a 10-year run at The Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, one of the longest-running shows in Las Vegas history. They have also enjoyed successful television series, on U.S. cable networks Showtime and Discovery Channel.