Quotes by: Teller

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Reality seems so simple. We just open our eyes and there it is. But that doesn't mean it is simple.
Teller
Nobody who is a Penn & Teller fan thinks of us first and foremost as magicians, but as a comedy team.
Teller
The silent thing onstage allows for a kind of intimacy that no conversation can have. If I just shut up, we're forced to look at each other and really confront that moment.
Teller
Magicians have done controlled testing in human perception for thousands of years.
Teller
Indian street magic tends to be very gory, blood and guts. One trick is for a magician to take a knife and appear to cut his kid's head almost off. The magician then says to the crowd, 'Well I can continue to cut off my son's head or you can all give me some money.' Then he wanders around and takes 10 rupees from everyone and restores his son.
Teller
In real life, the most important decision you ever make is, where does reality leave off and make-believe begin? If you make a mistake about that, you're dead. You know, you're out on the street corner. You think there's no bus coming. You step out, you're dead.
Teller
Every time you perform a magic trick, you're engaging in experimental psychology. If the audience asks, 'How the hell did he do that?' then the experiment was successful.
Teller
I always assumed I'd spend my life happily performing in artsy-fartsy little theaters.
Teller
If there isn't at least the threat of violence in art, it tends to be kind of tiresome.
Teller
If you do something that you're proud of, that someone else understands, that is a thing of beauty that wasn't there before - you can't beat that.
Teller
When a magician lets you notice something on your own, his lie becomes impenetrable.
Teller
If you read Shakespeare's stage directions, all the gore and violence is right in there.
Teller
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