| New Bit Penn - 11/18/00
This isn't really a story, so much
as information. Last night
we decided to put in a new bit. We've
been working on it for a
while (the "juggling" part of it I've been working on for
over 20 years. We're calling
it "Wizard" for the setlist, and I wear a pink glittery
juggler's vest and Teller gets to
wear a wizard's hat. He may only be wearing a wizard's hat
because of Lou Reed.
I had the line, "I was talking to Chuck in his Genghis Kahn
suit and his wizard's
hat" stuck in my head. I bet that's just why it's called
"Wizard." If not for that,
we'd probably call it "Magic Hat." The crew did amazing
work on this. Nate, Burt,
Robbie, and Stuart really got this together fast.
It's a high-pressure trick for me, and I was really worried.
It was all that I had in my
mind for the whole show. It's a lot of hard talking and a
lot of really hard skill stuff
for me. It's a card trick, and a really good one. I can't
imagine anyone will figure it
out. There are parts of it that should be as
head-scratching as Bullet.
Well, it went
well. No one was hurt. The trick worked. I think we
fooled everyone. There were
a few laughs. I have to get more jokes and I have to get
the arch together. The
bit has some tension between us written in, and I wasn't
really playing that. But,
for the first time, it was great. I'm avoiding saying too
much, because some of you
will want to see it fresh. It'll go into the lineup in SF
next week, and then Seattle.
For the first time through, it was great.