"Looks Simple"—But It Isn't

Question: What was the inspiration behind your “Looks Simple” \r\ntrick? 

Penn Jillette:  Teller and I were fascinated by how \r\nstupid magic is, that magic is going through all these elaborate \r\nmachinations to make something look one way that's really another. And \r\nit struck us as really funny to do a magic trick that accomplished \r\nreality.
\r\nAnd we went through many, many things. We were going to originally do it\r\n with cooking or something like that but after weeks of trying to write \r\nthis bit we came up with the idea of how about taking out a cigarette, \r\nlighting it, putting a cigarette out, and then pulling out another \r\ncigarette and lighting it. How about if we did that trick exactly like \r\nthat with all accomplished by trickery. Stuff you could do simply. And \r\nthat seemed to have such a purely existential feel to us. Going through \r\nincredibly complicated machinations to get to a very simple end.

Recorded on June 8, 2010
Interviewed by Paul Hoffman

Magic goes to eleborate lengths to make something look one way that's really another. Penn and Teller thought it would be funny to do a magic trick that accomplished reality.

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