He’s 33, but he hasn’t performed magic before a paying audience since he was 17. But last night, Lawyer-turned-magician Rick Lax went on CW’s summer ratings hit, Fool Us, and FOOLED Penn & Teller. He was the only ‘Fooler’ of the whole episode (Pictured: Teller, Rick Lax and Penn Jillette – Photo credit: Jacob Kepler/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC).
“I chose this trick because it’s the most deceptive trick I’ve created,” explained Rick. “And the goal is to fool Penn & Teller, so I wanted to bring my A Game. After that, the issue became making the trick entertaining–that was the second big challenge. And my friend–Greg, I think–suggested doing a poem as I sorted through the cards. And I remembered that Penn loves Casey at the Bat, so I took a gamble that he would name that poem, and when he did, I jumped on it.”
Here’s the amazing thing: Back in 2008, Lax wrote a book about law school—a book that Penn gave this blurb to: “I’m really glad he’s getting the law degree so he has a job other than magic—we don’t need this kind of competition.” And last night this blurb-turned-prophecy came true.
You can watch Rick’s amazing performance here:
Can Rick Lax Fool Penn & Teller?
“Boy oh boy, that was a good routine,” Penn said.
And here are some fun facts about Rick’s routine:
- Rick performed an original magic trick called Binary Code, which is sold at Penguin Magic, the biggest magic shop in the world.
- Rick’s act secretly paid homage to an old Penn & Teller routine in which Teller would escape from a straightjacket while Penn recited the poem “Casey at the Bat.”
For more details about Rick’s incredible performance, contact Rick directly at [email protected]
For more information about Fool Us, contact Cyndee at the CW Network at [email protected]
You can read more about Rick here: RickLax.com
And see more of his amazing magic here: Facebook.com/DeceptionExpert
Rick Lax lives a block off the strip. He creates illusions forPenguin Magic (the biggest magic shop in the world) and for many entertainers. He also the author of the book Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas.