Vegas Lawyer Rick Lax FOOLS Penn & Teller on CW’s “Fool Us”

September 16, 2015 by  

Vegas Lawyer FOOLS Penn & Teller
He’s 33, but he hasn’t performed magic before a paying audience since he was 17. But last night, Lawyer-turned-magician Rick Lax went on CW’s summer ratings hit, Fool Us, and FOOLED Penn & Teller. He was the only ‘Fooler’ of the whole episode (Pictured: Teller, Rick Lax and Penn Jillette – Photo credit: Jacob Kepler/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC)

“I chose this trick because it’s the most deceptive trick I’ve created,” explained Rick. “And the goal is to fool Penn & Teller, so I wanted to bring my A Game. After that, the issue became making the trick entertaining–that was the second big challenge. And my friend–Greg, I think–suggested doing a poem as I sorted through the cards. And I remembered that Penn loves Casey at the Bat, so I took a gamble that he would name that poem, and when he did, I jumped on it.”

Rick's trick involved memorizing the order of a shuffled deck, selecting a portion of the deck, cutting the into stacks of size chosen by Penn & Teller and then separating the stack into black and red piles without looking at the faces of the cards.

Rick’s trick involved memorizing the order of a shuffled deck, selecting a portion of the deck, cutting the cards into stacks based on sizes chosen by Penn & Teller and then separating the stack of cards into black and red piles without looking at the faces of the cards

Here’s the amazing thing: Back in 2008, Lax wrote a book about law school—a book that Penn gave this blurb to: “I’m really glad he’s getting the law degree so he has a job other than magic—we don’t need this kind of competition.” And last night this blurb-turned-prophecy came true.

You can watch Rick’s amazing performance here:

Can Rick Lax Fool Penn & Teller?

“Boy oh boy, that was a good routine,” Penn said.

And here are some fun facts about Rick’s routine:

  • Rick performed an original magic trick called Binary Code, which is sold at Penguin Magic, the biggest magic shop in the world.
  • Rick’s act secretly paid homage to an old Penn & Teller routine in which Teller would escape from a straightjacket while Penn recited the poem “Casey at the Bat.”

For more details about Rick’s incredible performance, contact Rick directly at

For more information about Fool Us, contact Cyndee at the CW Network at

You can read more about Rick here:

And see more of his amazing magic here:

Rick Lax lives a block off the strip. He creates illusions forPenguin Magic (the biggest magic shop in the world) and for many entertainers. He also the author of the book Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas.

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