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Published on October 17th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie

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Penn Jillette Quotes: The Speaker’s Thoughts

Penn Jillette Quotes

Here are some choice Penn Jillette quotes:

If I go out to dinner with you and you order wine, I leave. I won’t be around drugs and alcohol at all. ‘

‘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.’

‘The skills that we have are the actual magic skills – not the performing skills. We have to separate those. But the actual skills that make the tricks work, we don’t get to use again.’

‘The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don’t believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you’re being censored. ‘

‘Whereas you have someone like Houdini, who works really, really hard to get really, really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas that he puts into the culture that stay there.’

Penn Jillette Quotes

‘Channeling is just bad ventriloquism. You use another voice, but people can see your lips moving.’

‘I don’t travel in circles where people say, “I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.” That’s just a long-winded religious way to say, “Shut up.”‘

‘Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else’s vision.’

‘Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.’

‘I would always prefer – and this is something I’ll never be given, it’s just not practical – but I would always prefer to not have alcohol around.’

For more information and possible Penn Jillette quotes check out Penn and Teller’s website.

Check out Yellow Magpie’s Penn and Teller: The Loud And Silent Side Of Magic for more insight into Penn Jillette. You may also wish to take a gander at Derren Brown Quotes: Mindful And Wickedly Funny and Harry Houdini Quotes: The Great Magician Speaks.


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