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When you go to a magic show, you expect a spectacle: flashing lights, suspense and a magician who enthrals the audience. Usually, of course, the performer would use his words to capture the crowd’s imaginations. But you won’t get that from Raymond Teller, the seemingly mute half of magic-making duo Penn and Teller. And now Teller’s partner, Penn Jillette, has finally revealed the surprising reason why Teller won’t utter a single syllable on stage.

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Perhaps surprisingly, then, magic hasn’t always been Teller’s career focus – although he did perform as an amateur. The famous magician actually graduated from college with a degree in classics and went on to teach the subject to high schoolers. But after his path happened to cross Penn’s in the 1970s, the pair started collaborating. And from there, the dynamic duo have skyrocketed to become superstars.

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