Well that was it. The dream come true. It was amazing. Without a doubt the best nights of my life. It will never be beaten, if I have a child, if I get married, if I win the lottery it will not top the feeling I got when, finally, I met Penn and Teller.
Here's the story of my trip to London.
We arrive in London and were making our way to the hotel. We were on the underground train and passed through Green Park Station, I looked out the window and Teller was walking along the platform next to the train so I tapped the window and waved and he waved back. I couldn't believe my luck but it was soon to be proved that my luck hadn't run out yet.
We went on to check into out hotel in Hammersmith (they were playing the Hammersmith Apollo). After check in and a bit of unpacking and freshening up it was about 3:30 and time for a coffee in Starbucks. We went to a Starbucks in Hammersmith Station and grabbed a window seat. We were there for about 5 minutes when my friend Pete said to me 'Hey, there's Teller again'. I looked up and there he was stood alone outside the station looking around. I rushed out of Starbucks leaving my drink to go and say hello. I shook his hand and said it's nice to meet you, he said it was nice to meet me. I said I had tickets for tonight's show and then he asked 'do you know where the theatre is?' I said 'yes' and walked him to the end of the road until the theatre was in sight. After much ass-kissing on my part, I asked him if Penn was already there and he said 'I don't know, I was just told to be there for 4' I left him very much appreciative at the theatre and went back for my coffee.
That evening I went to the show and stayed afterwards to get an autograph and some photos, meet Penn and meet Teller again. The crowds were huge around both of them, I know that they don't leave until they've signed EVERYBODIES autograph so I hung back a bit and was looking around at the crowd and happened to spot author Bill Bryson stood over at the side, so I went over to him and got a picture of us together and spoke about how facsinating I found his latest book and spoke about how good the show was.
Then, when the crowds died down I met Penn and then Teller. Again, much ass-kissing and light-headed girlish glee from my point.
The next day Pete and I were walking from Bond Street to Picadilly and as we walked down the street, I spotted Teller walking up the street, I caught his attention and said 'Hey Teller' He smiled and said 'hello' I said I'll see you tonight (I had tickets for 2 nights running). That evening after the show, Again I hung back and waited for the crowds to die down again. I met Penn again and when I walked over to meet Teller, he said 'oh hey, it's you again'. To be recognised by one of my heros made my knees go weak.
Here are my pictures
Going into the theatre.
Me and Penn. What a great guy. I preseted him with his novel Sock and a vinyl single of Captain Howdy that I have for him to sign. He was quite surprised to see the record. I said 'I really love your music' and he said 'Thanks boss, I really love your hair and beard' (I've got a Penn ponytail)
Me and Teller. Teller liked my t-shirt. I asked him what era it was from and he said he thinks it was about '87.
This is the shot I love the most. After the crowd died down, Penn came over to Teller and I asked them for a shot with the three of us. Penn said 'You don't need me in the picture, you're doing a fine job playing the part of Penn yourself'
The poster for the show. It says at the top, that it's the fist shows in over 15 years. I asked the question here a couple of months ago about whether they might come back to the UK in the future now they have booked these shows. The answer came back as 'Probably Not'
At the end of the show, Penn stood on stage and thanked the audience and the backstage crew and then said this 'As you know, we haven't been over here for over 15 years but I think I can speak for Teller and myself when I say it won't be that long before we come over again'. That was the best news I could have ever heard.
After the second show. Penn noted the Dawkins t-shirt and signed Traffic and Food.
This is just after Teller said 'it's you again'
Bloody fantastic show too.
All the tricks I really wanted to see and more.
Here's the set list (I don't know the proper names of all the tricks)
The levitation on the chairs
Cuffed to a creep
Nail Gun Memorisation
Penn's monologue about carnival and fire eating.
If I had to pick a highlight, which is hard to do among an evening of them, then it would be Cuffed to a Creep. I really love the performance from both of them. I only ever saw it before on Sin City Spectaular. I told Teller this and he said they haven't done it for years but thought they'd included it in this run of shows and I'm glad they did.
"These two months at Plymouth
were the most miserable which
I ever spent" - Charles Darwin