SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MasterClass, the online education company that enables anyone to learn from the best in the world, announced today its first class on the art of magic hosted by Penn & Teller, the Emmy-winning duo who have redefined the genre of magic. Available exclusively at www.masterclass.com/pt, Penn Jillette and Teller share their theories, techniques and personal philosophies on magic and the art of performing. Students can enroll in the class with unlimited access for a one-time purchase of $90, or subscribe for unlimited access to this class and all new and existing classes through the All-Access Pass for $180 per year.
"Penn & Teller have captivated audiences with their magic for over four decades," said David Rogier, co-founder, and CEO of MasterClass. "Their MasterClass provides a behind the curtain look at how to perform magic as well as insights around the psychology and morality of tricking an audience. We're thrilled to have Penn & Teller bring their magic to MasterClass."
For over 40 years, Penn & Teller have defied labels by transforming magic shows and comedy performances through sold-out runs on Broadway, world tours and Emmy-winning TV specials. Performing around the world to mass audiences, Penn & Teller have been recognized by The Academy of Magical Arts winning "Magicians of The Year" twice, and have been awarded "Las Vegas Magicians of the Year" an astounding eight times. Their 18-year run at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them the longest-running act in Las Vegas history. They've also gained notoriety on television for their acclaimed Showtime series, Penn & Teller: BS!, which was nominated for 13 Emmys and is the network's longest-running series. Currently, they host the hit series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! for The CW Network, on which up-and-comers and magic veterans try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in the duo's hit Las Vegas stage show.
"Magic provides a sense of astonishment when a trick is performed," said Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller. "It's a form of theater where you willingly suspend your disbelief. Our MasterClass is a combination of our philosophies of magic, trick demonstrations and understanding key elements of the performance, all bringing you to where what you see and what you know collide."
Penn & Teller's MasterClass is for magic enthusiasts of all levels who have an open mind and genuine curiosity about illusion, memory, and the principles of performance. Through demonstration and in-depth instruction, they will teach the fundamental building blocks of magic and how to do magic tricks that are the basis for some of their own stage show. By sharing their techniques, Penn & Teller will help students gain skills in mastering entertaining card tricks, sleight of hand techniques, and ways to use misdirection and optical illusions in magic.
MasterClass continues to expand its catalogue into new categories, bringing leading instructors to its engaged base of subscribers. MasterClass provides educational, inspiring, and engaging classes taught by the world's greatest minds. With more than 55 classes that dive into processes, techniques, and philosophies, MasterClass helps students progress more rapidly towards their own mastery, explore new passions, and learn new skills. It offers a unique learning experience—including video lessons, course materials, peer interaction, and more. Students can subscribe for unlimited access to all new and existing classes through the All-Access Pass for $180 per year, or enroll in an individual class for a one-time purchase of $90. The course can be accessed online at www.masterclass.com, the MasterClass mobile app for iOS and Android, and Apple TV.
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