Penn & Teller’s Cayman footage airs Sunday

Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End, the underwater magic show which was filmed in Grand Cayman in September, will air on NBC this Sunday, 13 November (7-9pm), the network has announced.

The two-hour show was filmed in the waters of Grand Cayman and the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, and features classically inspired and traditionally staged magic performed for the first time entirely underwater, says a Department of Tourism press release.

Two-time Emmy Award winners Penn & Teller will make the Atlantis Submarine ‘disappear’, do tricks with sharks and ‘psychic’ dolphins, and perform a new ‘super-illusion’ in which they walk on water, it says. As with their Las Vegas stage act, they will reveal how they pull off their illusions.

‘We’ve been living in the Las Vegas desert for years. Nothing but cactus, sand, scorpions and Wayne Newton,’ Penn Jillette, the vocal half of the duo, said in a statement. ‘And we realized it was time to do a show underwater. Magic needs a good head-soaking.’

‘Many thanks from our entire production team for your efforts that contributed to our successful shoot in the Cayman Islands,’ said Producer Nick Perlmuter. ‘The quality of the people, the resources and the beautiful setting combined to create a great look for the show. We couldn’t have done it without your help.’

‘We were very pleased with our shoot in Grand Cayman,’ continued Tim Rogan, Co-Executive Producer. ‘For a production of this size and logistical scope, everything went incredibly smoothly. I think everyone in the Cayman Islands will enjoy the final show when it airs in mid-November.’

‘The show will bring incredible exposure to the Cayman Islands and our magical underwater world,’ said Kathy Jackson, PR Manager, Department of Tourism. ‘I would personally like to congratulate everyone on island, both public and private sector, who helped to make this NBC special a reality — in particular Atlantis Submarines for providing the ‘disappearing’ submarine, Chris Sariego and his team at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for providing accommodations for the crew and exceeding expectations in every respect, and Chris Briggs and his team at Reef Runner Watersports for catering to the film crew’s demanding ‘marine’ needs.

‘I was also very impressed with the way that Government pulled together to make this happen: Immigration Department; Customs Department; Police Service; Port Authority; Ministry of Tourism; Portfolio of Finance & Economics; Investment Bureau; and the Department of Tourism,’ said Mrs. Jackson ‘I hope that everyone tunes in on November 13th to watch the show.’

A preview of Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End can be seen by clicking on the following link: nbc.com/Movies_Specials_More/Penn_Teller/index.shtml

Penn & Teller have performed together for more than 25 years; skewering the genre of magic, their sold-out audiences, and themselves – very often all at the same time, within one mind-boggling evening, says the release.

‘And along the way, Penn & Teller have made the hardest trick of all – a remarkable career that ranges from stage to television to three best-selling books – look easy. And they’ve done it all on their own, distinctly offbeat terms.

‘They call themselves ‘a couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things’. Since first teaming up in 1975, when they combined Teller’s silent, occasionally creepy, magic with Penn’s clown college education and juggling expertise, the two have created an entertainment success story that went from the streets to small clubs to national theatre tours, and now to a current, multi-year engagement at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.’