Penn and Teller Bullet Trick
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Penn and Teller perform their famous rendition of 'The Bullet Trick. From Phobophilia. Follow us on Twitter @Screenocean


Mr.Manly Heart Guy : My theory: they both fired the loaded gun at each other's mouth and caught it with their teeth. trick's as old as time.

John Smith : "I'm going to a magic show. Better wear my prettiest wife beater." 

GamerZero : When Harry Houdini was going to do the bullet catch trick, he received a letter from his mentor, Harry Kellar, and it read, "Dear Harry, Don't try the damn bullet catching trick. There is always the biggest kind of risk that some dog will job you, and the world can't afford to lose Houdini. Harry, listen to your old friend, Kellar, who loves you as a son, and don't do it!" Houdini never tried the bullet catch trick. When Penn & Teller were going to do the bullet catch trick, they, too, received a letter. It was from the Guild of Magicians, and it read, "Dear Penn & Teller, Go for it."

Speling Bee Champyon : If you look REALLY closely at 4:25 you'll see they both fire a live round at each other's mouths and catch the bullets in their teeth. I figured out the trick!

SnappyK9 : "Ladies and gentlemen, THAT is the Magic Bullet." No, that looks nothing like a blender.

viro1321 : my friend said he could do this trick......hes dead now

Axiom_ : How to survive snipers...  Boom HEADSHOT!.... wait... wtf?!

CatBob : Its high noon

Dan V : Challenge of the week - attempt this with a bazooka.

Dux Nihilo : My theory: Penn and Teller are ninjas.

Danny Hudson : Notice how... 1) They are asked to sign the tip first 2) Then they are asked to sign the case, while they hold the bullet hiding the tip (because the bullet they signed is already in their pockets, they are now signing a new bullet case) 3) As they walk back to the stage, they have their left hand in their pockets 4) Why are the glass stands RIGHT at the back of the stage and why is one of the tripod legs going under the curtain? 5) As they put their left hand on the stand they drop the bullet with the signed tip into the stand where it drops down the leg going behind the curtain. Notice how they tap the glass to cover up any noise of it going down.. 6) A person backstage then marks the bullet etc etc and puts them into the vests which are also at the back of the stage, when they put the vest over their heads they put the bullet into their mouth. 7) Probably a really light tip is on the end of the bullet that has the signed case and not the signed tip, hence why they cover the bullet tip when the person signs the casing The rest is showmanship. Easy fooling, but really well done!

AFV571 : try this at home

GÖR VAD FAN DU VILL : So... I'll reveal the trick for you... but don't read this if you don't want the trick to be ruined for you... Alright.. The guys from the audience do pick a real bullet each and examine it. now both of pen and teller do this and you can see it, but I'll just mark teller for easier follow. 00:17 teller puts down the black bag with his RIGHT hand in his RIGHT pocket  and picks up a shell (blank shot) and and keeps it hidden in his hand. 00:32 as he takes the bullet from the spectator he pops up the shell with his right hand and takes the real bullet with his LEFT hand and puts it in the LEFT pocket pretending that he's only reaching there to pull out the pens. Now as both the guys sign the shell, both pen and teller are holding the fake bullet covering the tip (there is no tip, just the shell) after signing the shells they now both walk away to the stands holding the glas. Now at 1:07 both pen and teller reach into their LEFT pockets (remember that's where they've put the real bullets in). As you know, the stands are hollow inside, they are made out of tubes basically. And both stands have holes at the top side cut out to fit the bullet. notice where they both put their LEFT hands on the stand. and also the most important! the placement of the stands, close to the green wall/fence looking thing. if you look at the bottom. both of the stands feet are basically pointing in against the wall. at 1:11 they both drop the bullets inside the stands so they can glide down through the stands and back behind the wall at the same time as they cover up the sound of the bullets gliding by making a big deal of that the glas is real, taping it and making a sound for coverup. Someone backstage now has a lot of time to prepare the bullets while pen and teller keep acting on stage. My guess is they put the bullets then somewhere attached to the inside of the bulletproofwest, since you have to put the west through the top of your head like a t-shirt. making it easy to snatch the attached bullet into the mouth while no one can see that. Can't really know for sure what they did there since they cut out that part in the video. The rest is simple, the "laser" attached to the gun is connected to the trigger. that remotely fires a 2nd gun(for each gun) that is aimed for the glas from a safe angle. This is at least the way I would have done it =) enjoy ^

Nilguiri : Both guns have a tiny scanner and inkjet printer incorporated into the chamber. They scan the signature on their bullet, transmit the image to the other gun which prints it onto its bullet covering the original signature. Obvious, really.

miller : Really bad trigger discipline from Penn.

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

Max Gustafson : They had the bullet in their mouth before they shot

Brantyn : Well teller sure isn't subtle with his hand in his pocket after they had the bullets signed

Sarcastic Clap : the magic bullet these days is sold in Anne Summers for bout $29.99 and omg it does magic for the ladies lol

Chad Fontane : Teller didnt tap his bullet on the glass..

TheShawnshayde : That's why it's called magic Ronald!! Just enjoy the show

Dman x : would have been better if the camera didn't keep cutting away so you cant see whats happening.

PaperChaser : they need to do it with machine gun

I can't Read : The bullets crossed the line!

Matthew Hunt : 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.

JVRaines : Too edited to show all the moves. But the initialed bullets are switched for wax bullets before spectators draw their doodles onto the casings. "I want you to watch these bullets very, very carefully" is misdirection while P&T retrieve the initialed bullets from their pockets (quite visibly) and toss them through the upstage drop to assistants when they reach for the boom stands. The long business of revealing the guns gives the backstage people time to remove the bullets from the casings and put them through a press to mark them up like they've been fired. Then they're planted in the protective gear which gets handed to P&T to suit up (not shown). P&T surreptitiously pop the bullets into their mouths and perform the stunt, shattering the glass panels with the wax bullets. And the rest is showbiz. (Gotta love "does it smell like gunpowder"? Pure power of suggestion.)

Shadi Nachat : Suns out guns out

AClRCLEOFLlGHT : Put on helmets and bullet proof vests... aim guns at each others' mouths.  I think the irrelevant and redundant setup was the best part of the trick.

Artur Kirkoryan : These are my thoughts: 1. As someone pointed out, Penn and Teller keep putting their hands in their pockets. Also the big guy is without his coat during the shootout. We are missing part of the performance. 2. A third person may shoot through the glass, so that won't harm the magicians. Penn and Teller's weapons don't fire anything, even though probably separate the two parts of the bullets. 3. I couldn't see where and how exactly the guys from the audience signed the bullets, but it is possible that Penn and Teller were given replicas when putting on their helmets and vests. Once again it's hard to say since we are missing part of the performance.

Bridgette Kirk : Okay, does anyone agree with me on these points below? One camera angle is awful! It shows the approximate level that Teller is aiming which more or less at Penn's chest area. Teller's arm and the way he holds the gun so laxed (to me it just doesn't seem like a firm enough grip for the kind of gun and recoil power. Also, both of their aiming is too messy looking and not still enough to me. I just don't think anyone, even if the persons involved are really good friends, would allow Anyone to

dave597 : at 1:06 both have their hands in their pockets to put the bullet down the hollow shaft of the glass stand.

cullen riley : It's pretty obvious to me, the bullets were fake, removable from the casings. That's why once they write on the bullets, you never see them again. The magicians hold the rounds by the projectiles. By the time they're loaded into the gun, the projectiles have been removed by tapping the casings on the glass. The bullets were most likely very loosely held in the casings, hence why they were holding them the way they were. They just had to slip the pulled bullets into their mouths when they put the vests on. When the guy opens his mouth to show the bullet, you can clearly see the back of it. It's shiny and clean. All bullets fired have carbon fouling on the back from the burning powder. The holes in the glass were most likely done by a cast member with an air rifle, something quiet that was easily masked by the sound of the two offset gunshots.

SkizzlePiano : 2:14 he's palming something

John Kenny : This is how Americans perform magic tricks

Rick Taylor : Alls i can get is the glass is breaking from the sound not from anything passing through it.

Master Roshi : One hand no recoil ??? Huh ok

Dan A : because your a homophobe.

Denny Webb : v=G6ogwRp6AV0

Not Julian : Why do Penn and Teller look kinda gay?

Lighthammer18 : well that's not entirely true, we still celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but a loooot of the other elements of Christmas are borrowed from Pagan religions. Still stupid remark by CainMeadows.

Speed DeMonaco : A lot of people are saying bullet changing and blanks, but there is a hole in the glass between them that never gets mentioned.

Wings of Excuses : Bullets are slipped back stage to add rifling and such, then slipped into their vests so they can be put in their mouths while they put them on, from their just fire blanks and spit out the bullets. Also note that the signed bullet and case are never shown together

zShado : They are taking the saying "biting the bullet" too literally

Tater_92 : thats his thing. and the little on is teller. its always been that way.

IrratatingJanice : why does the little one never talk?

jfcc9086 : P&T said never let them see the trick twice and debunked theire own tricks. They are bullet fast, but this one is all bullet slight of hand and they shoot blank. They have the bullets in theire mouth before they suit up. Love P&T. tx 4 ul

Aaron Espinoza : P and t have made this trick as safe as it could be I herd who deani wanted to try this trick but his people said its to dangerous

oExZiTe : channel 5 magic thing

Hidemyname Wright : 1) wtf does this have anything to do with anything 2) You think christmas is strictly a religious thing? That's hilarious! You may as well complain about christians celebrating christmas when it's a pagan holiday.