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Pete's Big TVs Makes Magic for Penn & Teller's Fool Us

Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Photo: Jacob Kepler/The CW

Aspiring magicians are invited onstage to show their tricks and fool the magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller in a new series on the CW Network, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Video equipment rental company Pete's Big TVs played a part in the magic, providing LED video panels, projectors, and crew.

The 13-episode season, taped in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, airs Monday nights at 8/7 Central Time. Throughout the season, Penn & Teller search for the best up and coming magicians in this competition. If Penn & Teller can't explain how the trick was done, they are officially "fooled" and those tricksters will open for the duo's ongoing stage show in Las Vegas.

Production designer is Anton Goss, creative director at Consortium Studios in Los Angeles, whose projects range from game show, awards show, and talk show sets to studio designs and corporate events (http://www.consortiumstudios.com/ ). Goss created the LED-centric set for this show, working with art director Dylan Jones. Pete's Big TVs has worked with Goss on other shows, most recently on a film set in Los Angeles.

Said Pete's Big TVs VP Guy Benjamin, "We supplied 258 digiLED MK7 panels. Of those, 162 panels were used to make a 30' x 15' upstage screen that opened and closed to be used as an entrance. The other 96 were used as a low 'wrap around screen' that was about 3' tall and wrapped the stage. There were four Barco FLM HD18 projectors for IMAG screens in the house. Additionally, we provided 40 Viss Soft i80 80mm LED curtain panels. Each panel is 2' wide by 16' tall."

Video content displayed on the giant LED walls included IMAG and landscapes of the Las Vegas skyline, and other imagery related to each act.

Pete's Big TVs crew included Brent Jones, Matt Stone, and Jim Machowski.

The show was created and produced by 117 Productions and September Films with executive producers Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, and Andrew Golder.

To view last Monday night's episodes, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-faV-Ih3SE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jEGhcvYWdI


(5 August 2015)

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