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Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette's biography

Penn Jillette is 67 years old radio personality born at Greenfield. He was born on Saturday 5th of March 1955. According to year of birth 1955 he belongs to Boomers. Birthday on 5th of March means he is Pisces. Pisces is a Watery Sign. They are very intuitive people. They are empathic, emotional and highly spiritual in nature.

He is native english speaker. He is citizen of United States of America. His primary profession is to be radio personality. You can know him also as actor, novelist, circus performer, jongleur, television actor, podcaster, comedian, musician, magician, illusionist, writer, film actor. He is recently known as film director.

Penn Jillette's family

Penn Jillette's ex spouse

Emily Zolten Jillette

Penn Jillette and Emily Zolten Jillette have been together.

He has 1 daughter.

Penn Jillette's daughter: Moxie Jillette

Penn Jillette's daughter's name is Moxie Jillette. His daughter was born on Friday 3rd of June 2005 in Las Vegas.

Penn Jillette's schools

We found 1 school He attended. Name of the school: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

Detailed informations about his schools

  • Attended Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

Penn Jillette's career

His main focus is to be radio personality and street magic. He is also a member of Penn & Teller. Maybe you are curious what instrument does he play ? He plays bass guitar.

Awards and competitions

Penn Jillette's Awards

  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 5, 2013.

What Penn Jillette has done for a first time

  • Had his first work of fiction titled "Sock" published. [July 2004]

Penn Jillette's quotes

  • [on his son's name] Zolten is a common Hungarian name, it's my wife's maiden name and most importantly, it's the name of Dracula's dog.
  • [on the environment, June 20, 2008] Every bit of my bullshit detector goes off like crazy over global warming, and every fucking thing Al Gore says. He seems to me like a lying sack of shit who's wrong about everything.
  • 'Psycho' is fascinating philosophically, because the point of 'Psycho' is that everything that's bad happens because of love.
  • Bacon is so good by itself that to put it in any other food is an admission of failure. You're basically saying, 'I can't make this other food taste good, so I'll throw in bacon.'
  • When you're watching Psycho, there' s that moment when you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed. And then you have the intellectual revelation that you're not, and that's where the celebration comes in.
  • Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying, 'That's nice.'
  • Poker has the feeling of a sport, but you don't have to do push-ups.
  • The purpose of art is to collide the intellectual and visceral together at the highest speed possible.
  • Don't waste too much time wishing, hoping, and being envious; it'll make you bugnutty.
  • I believe the fast track to atheism is reading the Bible. I've read it three times all the way through. It's a big part of our culture, a big part of our history. I don't just read things I agree with.
  • I'm a hardcore libertarian - I want everything legal - but I also believe that you have the right to free association.
  • Direct confrontation, direct conversation is real respect. And it's amazing how many people get that.
  • Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don't need religion.
  • I love when violent, dangerous art is done by people who are not violent and dangerous. I love that when George Romero was making 'Dawn of the Dead,' he was coaching his son's little league team.
  • You have to be careful as a libertarian because you can sound very Republican.
  • I don't believe in vengeance. Really, when all is said and done, I probably don't believe in punishment.
  • Juggling is very, very straightforward; very, very black and white; you're manipulating objects, not people. And that's always appealed to me.
  • I don't want anyone as president who promises to take care of me. I may be stupid, but I want a chance to try to be a grown-up and take care of my family.
  • I think voting for the lesser of two evils in game theory always leads to more evil.
  • When you tell other people to do stuff they don't know how to do, they tend to freak out.
  • Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.
  • Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around.
  • I don't believe the majority always knows what's best for everyone.
  • Even if I disagree with Obama on many, many things, he is certainly qualified to be president. He is certainly competent to be president.
  • I'm not misunderstood. I am brash. I make my living being brash.
  • A lot of people, to attack an outspoken atheist, one of the things they'll do is say, 'You are as bad as the fundamentalist Christians.' And my answer is always, 'I hope so.'
  • You have in Vegas the most heterogeneous audience you're gonna get anywhere in the country. In Boston, Chicago, Miami, you know who goes to the theater. In Vegas, you have people who only see one theater show a year, and it's in Vegas.
  • I had e-mail in 1984! I had an e-mail address then, which means that all you could write to was Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. There were three of us, writing to each other.
  • Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.
  • All David Blaine is is a good-looking magician.
  • People like Bill Maher, who brags about being a cynic, it sickens me. I am the least cynical person I know, and I am very, very skeptical.
  • If you want to turn out an atheist child, unconditional love constantly is a good way to do it.
  • To drive a car in rural America is freedom. Before I had a car, I'd never seen a rock and roll show, I'd never seen a comic or a show.
  • Every day, TV, newspapers, and the Internet bombard us with a message that we're destroying the earth. Ice caps are melting, rivers are dying, polar bears are drowning, and trees are doing something.
  • TV networks are dying. The death throes of religion give us jihads. The death throes of television give us reality shows.
  • America was founded on Christians not trusting each other, and they sometimes seemed more willing to reach out to the godless than to someone from another sect.
  • Everyone's goals are the same with very small differences. I mean, the goal of a socialist and the goal of a libertarian are exactly the same. The goals are happiness and security and freedom, and you balance those.
  • My hair is way, way long. I've hitchhiked across the country a zillion times. I've ridden in every car. I was never a hippie. It takes more than long hair.
  • The fact is that violence gives you a rush.
  • The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you're being censored.
  • I like movies that are scary, but I don't want them to be dirt dumb. I want a movie that gets my blood racing, makes me laugh, but also gives me something to think about, with maybe a little sexy thrown in. Hollywood doesn't make movies like that.
  • Someone who is a good person should have no fear of the government whatsoever.
  • For better or worse, in the 21st century, reality shows are the variety show.
  • I've been fired from a situational comedy with a script they wrote specifically for me because of my voice.
  • I love the feeling of shredded wheat. I love healthy bird food with a fun-to-eat feel. Then you spray them with sugar, and I'm there.
  • Cars mean nothing to me. I'm not a car guy.
  • Every poker player is smarter than me.
  • A joke is a way to say, 'I'm going to do something funny now. If I don't get a laugh at the end, I'm a failure.'
  • Penn & Teller don't know jack about global warming.
  • 'Celebrity Apprentice' has more integrity and is the most straightforward show I've ever seen.
  • It's only the losers named 'Dave' that think having an unusual name is bad, and who cares what they think? They're named 'Dave.'
  • The definition of a stupid thing is something that if you do everything right, you still get hurt. Fire-eating and love are stupid things.
  • It is really funny to see people that you know acting unpleasantly just because there are TV cameras on.
  • I'm always surprised when the corporate world does stupid things, because they're often not very stupid in hindsight.
  • I never wanted to be a magician. I never wanted to be a comedian. I never wanted to be onstage.
  • Magic is the Special Olympics of entertainment.
  • I believe very much that the most damning thing you can say about Muslims is that you're afraid to say anything because they'll hurt you.
  • Modern American magic, late 20th century magic, is tremendously disrespectful of the audience.
  • I didn't learn fire-eating to conquer my fears. I learned fire-eating because I desperately wanted to be in show business.
  • The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all.
  • I don't think I'm made of the right stuff to be a politician. I think I'm made to be a loose cannon.
  • When I buy Windows 98, I'm not only buying something useful, I'm giving money to Bill Gates, which is a really good thing.
  • If there are two things Penn & Teller stand for, it's the truth & lying, although not necessarily in that order.
  • My parents were teetotalers and my grandparents were - it's all the way back. It's New English puritanical tradition.
  • The vast majority of people who have guns never hurt anybody.
  • There is no reason for the government to limit political speech.
  • Everybody is designing magic iPhone apps that do things that are really, really beautiful, but a really important thing about magic is that the gimmick has to be ugly.
  • I started out as a juggler, so I know what it means to spend eight hours a day, seven days a week practicing something that people just dismiss with a wave of hand.
  • My tolerance for crazy people is, I think, high a tolerance as you're ever going to find. I love being around David Allen Coe. I would have loved to hang out with Tiny Tim. I can listen to Sun Ra on a tape-recording rant.
  • Whereas you have someone like Houdini, who works really, really hard to get really, really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas that he puts into the culture that stay there.
  • Religion is faith. Faith is belief without evidence. Belief without evidence cannot be shared. Faith is a feeling. Love is also a feeling, but love makes no universal claims. Love is pure.
  • Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It's the absence of religion, and that's a wonderful thing.
  • If I had to imagine omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent power in the universe that chose to make my mother suffer, I don't know how I would make that make sense in the universe.
  • When I was 15, 16, 17 years old, I spent five hours a day juggling, and I probably spent six hours a day seriously listening to music. And if I were 16 now, I would put that time into playing video games.
  • I'm really happy with all the art that was inspired by religion, and I think I'd be tickled to little tiny pieces if art in the future was inspired by other things.
  • I will not counter the insanity of the PATRIOT Act with an overblown fear of my rights being taken away.
  • The vast majority of people who have mental illness problems never hurt anybody.
  • I've never had a drink of alcohol or any drug in my life.
  • Computers absolutely changed my life. Before I had a computer, I had never written one thing. Not one thing. I'm a very bad speller and I was embarrassed by that. When I would type, the little mistakes would make me nutty, and I would never edit anything.
  • I like things matching. I have an upright bass, a drum kit and a grand piano that's the same color. I tend to overthink things.
  • If you like the stuff I do, my chances of liking you go up.
  • I'm very happy being big and effeminate.
  • I was about 12 when I heard my first Lenny Bruce record. He was already dead. But it changed my life and really did change the world.
  • I think people under age 55 come to Vegas with a certain sense of irony.
  • I love the idea that horror and fear is a celebration of health and life.
  • I believe in individual rights so much that I don't like any sort of 'what's good for the cause'-type questions.
  • Trey Parker did 'Book of Mormon.' It's the best Broadway show I've ever seen. He does 'South Park.' It's wonderful.
  • Charities are really good. To a certain extent, the ones you pick are arbitrary.
  • A two-party system is way too good for those two parties.
  • My whole family is missing that sports gene. I hope I didn't screw that up by marrying a great golfer.
  • The most important part of life is work, it's the flow, it's getting stuff done, feeling like you're doing something.
  • We aren't people who believe that just because we're performers our opinions on everything need to be known.
  • We knew that we were kind of odd and creeps, and we wanted to do odd, creepy stuff for people who wanted to see that.
  • World War II proves there's no God.
  • The Tea Party claims to want small government.
  • I'm a big fan of gospel music, and you cannot be a fan of rock and roll, you cannot be a fan of country western music, and you can't really be a fan of jazz without listening to a lot of music that's religious.
  • The only place we were really told to tone it down - where other people would use the word censorship, but I wouldn't - was when we did MTV right after the Beavis and Butt-head thing.
  • My body really, really wanted to reproduce when I was 15. It took a lot of civilization, socialization, willpower and some emulsion polymerization technology for me not to reproduce at 15.
  • I do believe that a belief in God is crazy, but that doesn't mean that the people who believe in it are crazy. Those are two different things. Ideas can be stupid and crazy, and the people who hold those ideas are not necessarily stupid and crazy.
  • One thing you learn doing magic tricks for a living is how close every performance of every magic trick is to disaster. There are no robust magic tricks. They're all hanging from a thread - sometimes literally.
  • The skills that we have are the actual magic skills - not the performing skills. We have to separate those. But the actual skills that make the tricks work, we don't get to use again.
  • When someone is trying to interpret something for you, they always have an agenda.
  • One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality.
  • Mentally ill people come from all belief systems.
  • I don't question things that go against what I believe very much. But boy, the stuff that I really want to believe, I really question a lot.
  • If you spend a lot of time lying to people, you think a lot about what the truth means.
  • Barack Obama is way smarter than Bush - so way, way smarter than me. Obama is way more charismatic than me.
  • Bob Saget is the dirtiest comic who's ever lived. Nobody touches him.
  • Bob Barr is not crazy enough for my taste.
  • As much as I disagreed with every second of 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' the fact that it is out made me jump for joy.
  • Asking someone else to do something immoral is immoral.
  • Counterintuitive action makes a fellow feel smart.
  • There never was a God. 'God is dead' is a halfway measure I won't go with.
  • Comedy is taken care of by a free market.
  • I have a very specific definition of censorship. Censorship must be done by the government or it's not censorship.
  • Counterintuitive actions prove we can trust real knowledge and do the opposite of what we feel makes sense.
  • Everybody prefers to see a nut - they're more fascinating.
  • I came to magic absolutely hating magic on a very, very deep level.
  • For the most part, any serious magic show is not using very much technology newer than theatrical lights.
  • I'm always fascinated by the use of the first-person plural talking about sports.
  • I have more contact with people who consume, for lack of a better word, my product than any other performers.
  • I will forever stick up for Catholics and Christians in general. With a small number of very horrible exceptions, they do play by the rules.
  • I have no evidence that libertarianism leads to a better life. I just think it is morally right.
  • I think the media spends a lot of time fooling itself.
  • Poker would have never gotten on TV when we only had three networks.
  • The pure unadulterated disgust of Washington seems to me to be a really good thing.
  • The medium is not the message - the message is the message.
  • If I go out to dinner with you and you order wine, I leave. I won't be around drugs and alcohol at all.
  • Technology adds nothing to art.
  • I'm a big fan of huge populations of people, so you'd think with 300 million people in the country, you don't even have to please 1% to be phenomenally successful.
  • I don't speak for all Libertarians any more than Sean Penn speaks for all Democrats.
  • Before you can read, you know the difference between a story and reality. And, of course, by the time you're old enough to do any real damage with an Uzi, you've learned that difference.
  • Freedom means the freedom to be stupid, and that's what I want.
  • I don't know what's best for other people.
  • I get along so much better with fundamentalist Christians than I do with wishy-washy liberals, who want everyone to get along.
  • I grew up as a Christian. I suppose at some level I wanted to believe someone was watching over me.
  • I don't want everyone to read anything; I like us all reading different books.
  • I hate that not everything ever written is on iBooks. Man, I hate paper.
  • I intend to do the Penn & Teller show until they pry my cheesy magic wand from my cold dead fingers.
  • I'm an amazing mama's boy.
  • I like to read in the dark. I like to go into the bathtub, turn out all the lights, and in the dark, read my books.
  • I'm totally against straight marriage - even though I'm married. I don't think heterosexual marriage is any of the government's business.
  • I read a lot of books to my children, and they all seem really good. I think people have gotten really good at children's books.
  • If I were trying to avoid embarrassment, I wouldn't have stumbled my way through 'Dancing with the Stars.'
  • If you want to talk about magic, the stuff that blows me away is the stuff that's done close up.
  • I've never revved my car at a light for an attractive woman or an auto-rival, not even as a joke.
  • In my private life, I'm not around any drugs or alcohol.
  • I'm totally clean and sober my whole life.
  • My mom, if you asked her if she was interested in whether or not people gambled, would say no.
  • 'Moxie' is a name that was created by an American for the first national soft drink and then went on to mean chutzpah, and that's nice.
  • Jay-Z, he knows precisely who he's going for - 14-year-old white suburban girls.
  • My love of computers, besides being practical, is very direct and visceral. I love the way things look on the screen.
  • In reality, many people let go of religion later in life.
  • Religion is often just tribalism: pride in a group one was born into, a group that is often believed to have 'God' on its side.
  • Showbiz is just there to give people something to talk about.
  • Penn & Teller stopped doing practical jokes, and the reason is we got much too good at it.
  • Obama is a great leader. He can fire people up and get them to do what he wants.
  • Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.
  • There's no job in show business that's harder than any other job outside show business.
  • The only secret of magic is that I'm willing to work harder on it than you think it's worth.
  • There are performers who have built their whole career doing magic on TV and can't really perform live at all - don't really have jobs and skills.
  • The reason I'm an I.B.M.-type guy today is that I really needed a laptop back in 1986, and I just couldn't wait for the Powerbook.
  • The only difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama is killing more people.
  • We know what racist people look like. They don't deny it. They just don't!
  • Tommy Smothers is a hero of mine.
  • We celebrities are desperate pigs.
  • We need a president who realizes that there's no government business in show business.
  • You can't allow people freedom and then change your mind when the things don't go your way.
  • The first thing I said to myself on 9/11 was, 'There go our civil rights.' I found out by comparing notes later that George Carlin and I both said that at the exact same time. That's the first thing that popped into our head.
  • I've voted Libertarian as long as I can remember, but I don't really remember much before the Clintons and the Bushes. Those clans made a lot of us bugnutty.
  • You can't believe how pro-gay and pro-freedom-of-speech I am. I'm way out beyond anyone on the Left.
  • You should think about the world and feel about your heart.
  • Having a Hummer is stupid. It's stupid to waste that much gas. It's stupid to waste that much money on gas. It's stupid to parade your insecurities on public roads. Hummers are stupid-looking.
  • It wasn't success, because Teller and I, by the time Asparagus Valley got together - within a year, we had achieved all our goals. I mean, our goal was to earn our living doing exactly what we wanted. Which is many people's goal.
  • Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing - actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals.
  • I'm not bothered by the idea of getting old, or I guess you could say by having arrived at old. I was 10 when my mom turned 55. For 1955, she was a very old mom.
  • Cheerios bring back memories. I actually don't think I ate them much as a kid, though; maybe it's some sort of Jungian memory, I don't know. But they have so much sugar, it's great.
  • I live in Vegas, and I see people by the side of the road with cardboard signs who seem like they might have tried that spending their way out of debt thing.
  • I think it's pretty cruel to give a kid a name that others are going to have. I think it's very important to have a unique name within any group you're likely to be in.
  • I am a huge fan of proselytizing. I am a huge fan of speaking your mind. The only way we can share the universe... is by talking very strongly about what we believe.
  • A lot of older parents worry about being older parents. I hear people say, 'I don't want to be too old to play baseball with my son.' They worry that their kids will be embarrassed by their parents' age.
  • Everybody wants clean, safe energy. Some people think nuclear is the way to go. Some people think coal is the way to go. Some people think wind is the way to go. And there's always balances on that.
  • I don't want people who are in poverty, in pain, or suffering, to suffer because it's for their own good and they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I want to help them. I want us all to help them.
  • In my run-ins with Christians... I find that they really are good moral people. And we overlap on everything, and they don't seem to be the kind of people that are waiting to hear voices to tell them what to do.
  • People still seem to think that they should vote themselves money. They seem to think there is stuff which they think is the government's job, when it's really the individual's job.
  • Performers have the right to say what they want to, and anyone paying money has the right to accept or reject the art and entertainment that's available.
  • The one kind of person I have a lot of trouble understanding is the kind of person that says the existence of God or religion doesn't matter, it's not an important decision. I think it's vitally important; it's what all our lives are based on.
  • This is going to sound horrible, but I don't even know how much I make in a year. It must be, you know, a couple of million dollars, a few million. I know it's more money than my dad, a jail guard, made in his lifetime; more money than I'll ever need.
  • I prefer to remain agnostic regarding rabbit sex.
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