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Penn & Teller Cancel A Month Of Shows For Teller's Back Surgery

Penn & Teller Cancel A Month Of Shows For Teller’s Back Surgery

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LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) Penn & Teller have suspended all shows through Aug. 18 so that Teller can have emergency back surgery.

Raymond Joseph Teller, 70, and Penn Jillette were anticipating canceling their upcoming performances in Las Vegas but Teller’s back problem forced the magic duo to abrubtly call off a show in Biloxi, Miss., Friday, accorfding to the the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  The duo performs weekly at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.

Teller said the back problem is from “the lingering result of hanging from straitjackets and climbing in and out of boxes for more than 40 years.”

“My sincere apologies to our fans in Biloxi and folks who were planning on seeing the Vegas show,” Teller tweeted Thursday. “Last night during the show my back firmly ordered me to cut the crap and get it fixed. So I’m stopping work from today till August 18th and getting my back surgery pronto. Love -T.”

He added, “In our entire prior career,” Teller added, “I think we’ve had to cancel only four shows on short notice. So I (and much of our crew) feel disoriented and befuddled — as if we’re in one of those showbiz nightmares where you can’t find your way back to the stage in time for the next cue.”

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