Penn and Teller Bullet Trick

Penn and Teller perform their famous rendition of ‘The Bullet Trick. From Phobophilia.

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24 Comments

  1. Fernando Lucas Costa Duarte
    April 23, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    My theory: Penn and Teller are ninjas.

  2. John Smith
    April 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    “I’m going to a magic show. Better wear my prettiest wife beater.” 

  3. Josh Fitzgerald
    April 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    my favorite thing is how teller holds the gun at 3:35

  4. Mark Batarina
    April 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    The magnums are definitely fake. A real one would destroy your ear drums.

  5. Ally of Sanity
    April 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    my guess: the audience members that sign the bullets are in on it. they
    sign two bullets before hand, ones that are made to look like they have
    been fired. during the show they sign 2 more, then draw on each others
    casing. the guns fire blanks. the glass is shot, at the same time the guns
    are fired, by someone off stage with nonlethal projectiles. these hit the
    glass and miss penn and teller. penn and teller are holding the presigned
    bullets in their mouths the entire time.

    at 4:24, the bullet hole appears in a different spot than the laser sight
    is pointing to on the glass.
    teller is aiming through a different pane, and not through the one penn is
    aiming at teller through. the pane penn is aiming through is only supposed
    to be shot by him and the same goes for teller. that explains why there is
    only one hole in penns pane.

    maybe there is another way the holes get in the glass, but it is clear that
    it is not from anything fired out of the guns they are holding. they even
    make sure the barrels are clear before firing by pointing them at the
    ground, so that anything that might be in there will fall out. you know, so
    they don’t actually shoot each other in the face.
    if the audience members are not in on it, then perhaps there are
    accomplices off stage that copy the signatures, and then drop the bullets
    into penn and tellers mouths when they throw their heads back, or maybe
    they put them in their own mouths when they go to put the safety gear on.

    that is how i think the trick is done.
    i started with these assumptions.
    1: this is magic so it is all slight of hand and or misdirection.
    2: they are not actually going to point loaded guns at each other.
    3: they are not going to shoot projectiles at each others faces.
    4: the audience members may be in on it.
    5: there may be assistants helping behind the scenes.

  6. ConnorJohn
    April 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    My theory:

    The bullets are actually manufactured in a way so the bullet is easily
    removed from the cartridge by hand.

    Once Penn and Teller had the bullets signed, they somehow switched the
    tips. If you pause at 1:47, Teller is, for some reason, holding the bullet
    in his right hand. He *naturally* must switch the bullet between hands to
    smoothly remove the cloth from the guns. He fiddles with the tip a bit, in
    attempt to, what I think, loosen the top, so when he’s loading it in the
    gun for his subject to see, he can remove it. I suspect, somewhere, maybe
    in footage we didn’t see, Penn did the same.

    They then switched tips, after having removed them while loading the guns
    in front of their subjects, while they were putting on their protective
    gear. When they were putting on their headwear, they sneaked the tips into
    their mouths. Teller keeps his mouth closed anyway, and Penn has a larger
    mouth, making it easier to talk with a little bullet in it.

    What they might have done, was replace the tips with softer tips, while
    loading the guns, so hat they would be strong enough to penetrate the
    glass, but too weak to make it anywhere near the adjacent man.

    However, I do not have an explanation as to why the tips look and smell
    like they had been shot.

    But, I gave it a go.

  7. El Pinguin Loco
    April 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I bet there’s a reason they tap the glass like that. Maybe the bullets are
    made so that this loosens the bullet from the casing? Hell I don’t know,
    and part of me doesn’t want to know either.

  8. Lumiel Zaibatsu
    April 23, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    They never take out the shell.

  9. Carpe Diem
    April 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

    Lmfao to all those out there who think they actually shot a gun at each
    other and the bullets were slowed down or something stupid like that…
    from me, Penn and Teller, and a majority of the population, you’re an idiot
    lol

  10. Bo Wins
    April 23, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    at :54 they are putting away the pens in their pockets, seems pretty
    mundane but doubtful, given that its takes them a full 5 seconds to do it,
    guys with this much dexterity to do the tricks they do shouldn’t struggle
    to put a darn pen in a pocket.

  11. Matthew Hunt
    April 24, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    I’ve always been perplexed by this routine. I know that Penn and Teller are
    opposed to any magician putting themselves or others into *actual* danger,
    but I can’t figure out how this would be possible without firing an actual
    bullet and missing.
    Here’s my theory:
    They use the lasers for a reason, the glass is angled up and to the right,
    enough that it refracts the laser to aim at each others mouths, but in
    reality the guns are aiming down and to the left. The rest would be
    slight-of-hand and whatnot, the two guns could have been switched before
    they grab them and they could have had many bullets in their mouths (since
    you couldn’t actually see the marking, only the color on the bullet).

    Now, I know this theory is ridiculous, but I can’t see another way for this
    to work as well as it does. The glass shatters at a specific point at
    exactly the right time. There *could* be a small charge in the glass, I
    know that there are some really neat electronics that are entirely
    transparent, but I couldn’t imagine that this technology was available
    during this filming (looks like mid-late 90’s?). I could also see a
    possibility of a stage-hand firing a bb-gun into the glass, but the timing
    is just *so* well done, it looks impossible for them to have not actually
    fired a bullet. Obviously there’s no way they caught anything in their
    mouth, that’s clearly just for show, it’s the glass that trips me out.

    I guess that’s just why they call it magic.

  12. Jack Ripper
    April 24, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Obvious trick is obvious… He just shot him in his mouth and caught it
    lmfao

  13. ryan vaughn
    April 24, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    The thing about blank rounds is they still pack a punch up close. A blank
    round can kill someone if shot up close. My theory is they used blanks and
    literally nothing more. 

  14. Able D-G
    April 24, 2015 at 1:25 am #

    How I think it’s done:
    0:41 They cut the part where the signings are done, and that’s the part
    when Penn and teller smuggles the bullet in their pocket. You’ll notice
    that the tip is always hidden by their finger and thus we never see the
    bullet’s tip again, up until the end of the performance. We only see the
    shell.
    1:06 Look at their left hands, they are reaching for the bullet in their
    left pocket.
    1:10 With their left hand, they both smuggle the bullets in the shaft of
    the stands, while taping on the glass to distract the sound of the bullet
    falling down the shaft. The bullets falls all the way down through the leg
    going of-scene, under the curtain where staff can get them.
    They also cut the part where the bullets are smuggled back to the scene.
    When they both put on their bullet-proof jackets, they pass it in front of
    their face quickly. With their mouth, they reach to a compartment inside
    the jackets, where the staff dissimulated the designated bullets, off-scene.
    4:24 They fire Blank shots for the effect and the smell of gunpowder, but
    there is no bullet in the guns.
    I don’t know exactly how they create the hole and the explosion in the
    glass, must be a special effect.

  15. YouGotFooled
    April 24, 2015 at 2:17 am #

    Great trick! 

  16. Mr. Captain Awesome...sr.
    April 24, 2015 at 3:27 am #

    My theory is they’ve both bullets in the side of their mouths and the ones
    they fire are blanks. But hey that’s just a theory.

  17. Racin Potato
    April 24, 2015 at 4:22 am #

  18. Adamast
    April 24, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Houdin?

  19. Rydini Westergaurd
    April 24, 2015 at 5:36 am #

    3:39 imagine waking put to seeing that in your room

  20. TheFxyO
    April 24, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Backstage the bullets are grounded, re-signed, same with casings, and
    theyre located in the bullet proof jackets that the backstage gives to
    them. 

  21. Crazy Eyes
    April 24, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    and to get mad at the people for laughing is stupid, being funny is half of
    there show and makes it fun they are funny for the show. the people there
    all know its a trick thats what magic is there is know danger. they make it
    funny all through the show, and don’t want people to think they a are in
    real danger I like that they do that so its fun and not made to scare you.
    looks like a fun show and not so dark. the people that are laughing are the
    people who really know its a trick made to look real and has know real
    danger, would you be goofing around knowing your going to die if that
    bullet was real. if the trick was real you would have a hole though the
    back of you head that is jest a fact. 

  22. Michael Lyons
    April 24, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    They cut out the part where penn and teller pick up the vests. I wish they
    didn’t. 

  23. connor melvin
    April 24, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    Brett and mike signed the casings 

  24. Kyle SoSik
    April 24, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Thats fucking crazy! OMG it’s impossible to do that! This is some black
    magic shit they are doing. You guys, I’m scared.