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HHN 22: Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas 3D

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- The storyline of the maze will be involve the duo’s new trick featuring a nuclear warhead

“We blow up all of Las Vegas. It goes terribly, terribly wrong,” said Penn Jillette

- The idea is “to take all the lights and the sounds and all the clichés of Las Vegas and turn them upside down into a fun nightmare"

- The magicians will appear in videos included in their house.

“We will set up the premise of the place. We will tell you about our horrible accident. And then all the way through we’ll try to make you think you’re having a good time while you’re really having a scary time,” Teller said. “We’ll be telling you what a lovely, comfortable, pleasant environment you’re living in while monsters are throwing themselves at you.”

- the maze will feature the best of Vegas – showgirls, slot machines, little white wedding chapel, all-you-can-eat buffet, and more – all glowing with a toxic green hue.

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Form Orlando Sentinel:

Famed magicians Penn & Teller are creating a Las Vegas-themed haunted house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.The storyline of the maze will be involve the duo’s new trick featuring a nuclear warhead, Penn Jillette said this week. “We blow up all of Las Vegas. It goes terribly, terribly wrong,” said Jillette, the taller one of the twosome.So, the house, called “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas,” will have a radioactive feel and include Vegas staples such as showgirls, slot machines and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The idea is “to take all the lights and the sounds and all the clichés of Las Vegas and turn them upside down into a fun nightmare, which is what haunted mazes are supposed to be,” Jillette said. Universal Orlando officials approached Penn & Teller with the Halloween Horror Nights proposal early this year, said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment. Both Penn and Teller have made multiple trips to Orlando to work on the project with Universal’s creative team.“They’re not just putting their name on a haunted house,” Timon said. They liked being working in the same room as Universal’s Horror Nights veterans, Jillette said.

“So much of collaboration is nonverbal,” he said. “If you sit across the table from someone and you start to get excited about an idea, you watch everyone’s faces. If they don’t light up in exactly the right way, the idea changes as you’re talking.” Teller, who legally changed his name to be just a single word, and Penn have been in the entertainment industry for more than 35 years, with tours of their magical act, best-selling books, Broadway productions and the Showtime television series “Penn& Teller: BS!” They have been doing a stage show in Las Vegas since 2001.

Teller, who rarely speaks during their routines, said he has been Halloween fan since childhood.

“From probably the age of 8 or so, my house was the neighborhood horror haunt.” he said this week. He recalled his mother welcoming kids into a dark hallway littered with obstacles such as tennis balls. She would then let out a shriek, which would alert their bark-happy black Labrador. His dad would lurk beneath a sheet in the kitchen, where he would hand out candy to rattled trick-or-treaters. “It was heaven for me because I orchestrated that sort of stuff,” Teller said. As an adult, he co-wrote and directed a Broadway horror show called “Play Dead.” Therefore, working with the Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights veterans has been “a pure joy,” he said.

“These are people with a proficiency level in a very curious art form that is completely staggering to me,” Teller said. “There’s no question about it, that these they are the best professionals in the world. You can read that someplace but when you sit in a room with them and they say ‘Well, no, clowns coming from that angle won’t be that terrifying, but if you have them coming from this direction, people will scream.’ “ He said there was a back-and-forth style of collaborating with Universal that was similar to the creative process used for Penn & Teller. “In many cases what we added was the funny element — the extra little ironic element, a little extra Penn & Teller touch,” Teller said.

The magicians will appear in videos included in their house.

“We will set up the premise of the place. We will tell you about our horrible accident. And then all the way through we’ll try to make you think you’re having a good time while you’re really having a scary time,” Teller said. “We’ll be telling you what a lovely, comfortable, pleasant environment you’re living in while monsters are throwing themselves at you.”

Although the haunted house blows up their current hometown, Jillette thinks that will be OK with Las Vegas residents.

“We love Las Vegas. But one of the great things about Las Vegas is that it’s one of the places in this country that’s very happy making fun of itself,” he said. “I think New Jersey, L.A. and Las Vegas are the best at the people who live here actually not taking it seriously at all.”

The Penn & Teller house is the fourth one revealed by Universal this year. Other mazes will be based on the music of Alice Cooper, “The Walking Dead” television series and the Silent Hill video games and films. Halloween Horror Nights is an after-hours, extra-ticket event with scary haunted houses and other attractions. It runs for 25 select nights, beginning Sept. 21.

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Hahaha You beat me to it. :) Just posted the link in Speculation.

I'm give this house a chance before deciding anything about it (which I should do anyways, if I don't want to be a jerk :) ). It's definitely the the dark comedy house this year. It sounds like it could offer some fun stuff, and fill in a gap that was really missing in last year's event with Lady Luck.

I doubt it, but I wonder if they'll throw her in here in a cameo role?

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I really Really, REALLY hope Lady luck is in this, being tortured LOL that would bring joy to me,

so.. This is going to be that kind of house, you know, the containment type of house,

It is really funny how sometimes HHN does things backwards like this, lol, we are getting the house that was meant for last year,

I get the theme and I see the costumes, but I wonder if they will do any illusions or magic tricks in the house to scare us at all, or I wonder if this will just be a regular house with no tricks,

sure P&T have their ideas, but I wonder how much can actually be pulled, if anything at all,

so will this be in 3D? I dont think it will

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so will this be in 3D? I dont think it will

Pretty sure it will be.

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While I respect that not everyone shares my joy, I'm really excited and looking forward to this house. It has become increasingly difficult for me to go without my requisite cheese during HHN, and I'm just as pleased as punch that they seem to have delivered again. I get the feeling this could be some pretty sick humor here. I hope I'm right, and I'm ready to go!!

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Seeing how they said a "buffet" as one of the cliches.....I can already tell they can make it pretty gross. Almost like they did in Holidays of Horror with the Thanksgiving scene. This house will be good!

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This has the potential to be the BEST DARK HUMOR HOUSE HHN has ever put at the event; and knowing P&T they WEILL NOT allow the house to not have illusion in it that they have designed....The finale of the house, i believe, will be the P&T theater and maybe get some look-alikes in that house...who knows on select nights P&T might be IN THE HOUSE...i guess we won't know until we go.

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I'm really digging the conjoined Bride/Groom character on the right.

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This has the potential to be the BEST DARK HUMOR HOUSE HHN has ever put at the event; and knowing P&T they WEILL NOT allow the house to not have illusion in it that they have designed....The finale of the house, i believe, will be the P&T theater and maybe get some look-alikes in that house...who knows on select nights P&T might be IN THE HOUSE...i guess we won't know until we go.

Actually, I'm half expecting them to go anti-climatic there and just have their scorched skeletons in the theater or something.

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Not to be a wise ass but where is all this 3D talk coming from. I didn't read anything to lead towards it being a 3D house.

Variety reported it is a 3-D house.

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As long as they give us at least one sick illusion in the house, this should be awesome. Hopefully the finale of the house as someone said.

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So they actually might show up random nights of the event to be in the house. From Huffington Post:

“Penn & Teller have actually been talking about coming back to Orlando several times over the course of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event so that they can then appear unannounced inside of their maze. So that they can personally get in on scaring the people who are going through their haunted house,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at the Universal Orlando Resort. “That’s how excited Penn & Teller are about having their very own maze at this year’s event.”

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Troiandan, I share your joy. I love P&T, I love Vegas, and I like the premise of the house. The dark comedy houses have always been some of my favorites, so I'm really looking forward to it.

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I noticed that there could easily be an amusing coincidence between both 3D houses for Orlando & Hollywood...

Hollywood is going to Hell in 3D and will feature the 7 deadly sins (complete with a cotton candy scent)

Orlando is going to Vegas in 3D.... could we also be seeing the 7 deadly sins represented in the house? It'd make a nice in-direct follow-up to last years scarezone "7". I personally expect a "scent" of some kind in their buffet scene.

in regards to the sins- showgirls (lust), slot machines (greed), all-you-can-eat buffet (gluttony)

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So they actually might show up random nights of the event to be in the house. From Huffington Post:

That is definitely something I had heard...

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3D effects could mean a lot of things.

In the video Penn states "you put on these 3D glasses when you go in..."

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Pretty excited about this house. I'm a huuuuge Penn and Teller fan.

(Also, I moved all the press images, video, and info to the first post. Makes life easier.)

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Im guessing there will be a queue video for the house...Because Penn said before you enter there will be a video of him and Teller explaining to you how their new magic trick went wrong.

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