New P&T Bits Penn - 3/16/07
Well, with ID in the can and the radio
show over, I have more time. I went out for a nice trike ride with
Goudeau today. We havenít done that in a while. Itís like the radio
show but just for the two of us, and thereís exercise and fresh air
It counter-intuitive, but taking time to do other projects, really
seems to kick me in the ass for ideas for P&T. It really feels good
to come back and do stuff live. I love working live, and I come
back from ID, and Iím a better live performer. Weíve got a few new
bits in the pipe that should be in soon. Thereís a lot of stuff
thatís more out there than weíve ever done. Really trippy and non-linear
and I like that. Last night we put in a cute little 3 minutes that
is just a magic trick with no twists and no real intellectual
content, but just a great trick. I might not have liked that a few
years ago, but I like it now. I think a lot of that is the radio
show and ID. It makes me appreciate stuff about performing live that
I used to take for granted. The new bit has no talk and Jonesy music
and I like that a lot. For the first time through it was great.
When it gets smooth, I think itíll kill, but itíll kill as a polished
magic trick and I like that. Itís really fun to put new stuff in.
It looks like weíll have about 25 minutes of new stuff in the show by
summer. Some is more experimental and people might not like it, but
thatís cool too. We just take it out.
Weíre having great crowds, and Iím doing a ton of press for ID
and that turns into press for BS, and thatíll give us even bigger
crowds, and that is our job. Our job is selling tickets to our
show. I like that job.
Oh, in case you donít get to the show, the new bit thatís in now is a
Newspaper tear. Just like Doug Henning did years ago. But, itís a
trick I always liked and our version seems like a real fooler.
Johnny and Close did great work with us. They did a great job of
putting it together with us. We started out with an idea that I had
that was pretty contrived and precious, and we came down to just the
trick, and just the trick seems right for the show. You know, itís
fun to do magic.