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Kent Wong
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I didn't know where else to post this thread, but if it's in the wrong place, I apologize in advance. I'm writing the script for an illusion and I need the name of a specific town or city. A while back, Penn and Teller visited China. During that trip, they showcased a small town that was dedicated entirely to the teaching of magic and the training of magicians. Does anyone happen to remember the name of that town? Thanks.

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Sam Sandler
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This episode begins in Beijing, which, until the 1949 Revolution, had an extensive history of street magic. Modern day "street magic" is performed in teahouses. Besides the basic sleight of hand work (e.g. Cups and Balls) and carnival stunts (specifically, a man who eats glass and bricks), two tricks with historic ties are demonstrated.

The first trick involves a man who produces various glass bowls filled with water from beneath a large robe. These bowls are of all shapes and sizes, often also contain flowers, and several are quite elaborate; one produced set is a stack of seven bowls of diminishing size.

The second is a mask trick derived from Szechwan opera. The magician, in fractions of a second (the video is not fast enough to register the changes), alters the mask he wears. The performer has ten different masks, and also uses his normal face as a "mask" in the performance.

Their next stop is an acrobatics school, where a "master" is teaching a class of late-year students various basic tricks.

After their trip to the acrobatics school, a place where many of these students will end up is displayed: an empty (and unheated, even in the dead of winter) "Acrobatics World". The performers, be they acrobatics performers or magicians, perform quite admirably, for no audience (save Penn, Teller, and their camera crew).

Finally, the duo proceed to ((((((((i believe this is the town you are looking for)))))) Wanking, a small town in the hinterlands, where a great many residents perform some form of magic. When a family prepares to go to the town center to perform, Teller asks to perform a trick.

hope this helps

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Kent --

The guys are very receptive to answering this type of question -- you might try then direct.
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Kent Wong
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You da man!

Thank you so much for that info. Smile

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I missed that Penn and Teller episode. I'll have to try to see if I can catch it on re-runs. It sounds great. I saw some of that rapid mask changing when I attended a Beijing Opera performance four years ago. It was absolutely amazing! Their techniques are closely guarded secrets (as they should be).
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Kent I am assuming you are saying Im da man if so THANKS

and glad I could help.

if you were not say ing I was da man well bummer:(

hope you got your info

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Kent Wong
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Sam, I was definitely talking to you! DA MAN!

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Sam Sandler
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Thanks and glad I could help

I remember being at one of penn and tellers shows many moons ago and a girl walked up to them after the show and asked Penn to sign her shirt. it was actaully an innocent thing but the girl pointed right to well um you know and penn loudly protested "GOD FORBID I TOUCH A BOOB"

it was quite funny I enjoyed there shows of old some of the newer things are getting back to the days of old.

great duo!
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Payne
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I believe this is the place you are looking for

http://www.chinatravelguide.com/ctgwiki/......ic_World
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