A man, a ball, a hoop, a bench (and an alleged thread)… TELLER! by Richard Abowitz.
It’s a beautiful piece about entertaining, selecting a buisiness partner, perfecting a craft… Probably the best 7 minutes of my day so far was reading it. Go! Click!
*sighs* Fine, excerpt.
It is impossible that this story be about anything other than a 3 ½-minute trick in the Penn & Teller show. It is a very beautiful trick that can’t be fully conveyed with words because it looks so simple: Teller makes a ball come to life. It isn’t a very exciting trick in that no knives, fire or risk are involved. A lot of their tricks have those.
And, to make matters worse, the trick I have the (partial) lowdown on, Penn doesn’t particularly like, or at least not until after he tells the audience how it is done—with a thread—before he walks off stage. And, therefore, yes, that’s right: This is going to be a story about a ball and a string—and Teller.