Jonathan Ross to host ITV Penn and Teller show

Jonathan Ross is to host a new ITV magic show featuring Penn and Teller, which will offer one aspiring magician the chance to perform in Las Vegas.

Penn and Teller – Fool Us will see aspiring magicians perform tricks in front of the pair, with the act who manages to fool the professionals winning a trip to Las Vegas to perform in Penn and Teller’s show at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Penn said: “Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone – anyone – who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance. Magic is always evolving with different performers constantly innovating. We believe there are performers out there who can do it so we’ve sent out this challenge. And if they can fool us we’re taking them to Vegas to perform.”

The show is commissioned by John Kaye Cooper, ITV’s controller of entertainment, who said: “This exciting new format gives talented magicians the chance of a lifetime to open for headliners Penn and Teller in Las Vegas.”

The commission follows the BBC’s ordering of entertainment show The Magicians, a new Saturday night show that will be hosted by Lenny Henry.

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