Penn & Teller Fool Us: Kostya Kimlat’s IMPOSSIBLE Card Trick // Season 5

Penn & Teller Fool Us: Kostya Kimlat’s IMPOSSIBLE Card Trick // Season 5


(upbeat music) (audience clapping) – Welcome back to Fool Us. Our next magician has
been on Fool Us before. So let’s meet him again
for the first time. (exploding) (door opening) – Hi, I’m Kostya Kimlat and I want you to Think Like A Magician. Three years ago I fooled Penn and Teller. (audience clapping) And I never expected them
to react the way they did. – I hate you. (laughing)
Let’s get that out of the way. You fooled the big dumb guy. And Teller handled the
cards and he looked at it and he thought about
it and you fooled him! You fooled Teller. (audience applauding) – It was the most nerve
racking and amazing experience at the same time. (laughing) For three years I’ve been thinking what can I possibly
perform for Penn and Teller a second time? In magic there’s a method and an effect. The reason the guys got so angry is because I did an effect they knew using a method they didn’t. This time I’m performing
a trick that I created when I was 18 years old
and have been practicing ever since. So far, only two magicians
have fooled them twice. I’m hoping to make it lucky number three. (audience clapping) – Please welcome back to the
Fool Us stage Kostya Kimlat. (audience cheering and clapping) – Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you Penn and Teller. Wow it’s amazing to be back here in Vegas. Alyson, I’d love it if you’d
come join me over here. – Sure. – I’m so happy that you’re here. – Aw, I’m happy you’re here. – I have to tell you that
performing for these guys is one of the hardest things
that a magician can do. – Or me, yeah.
– That’s true, well no, no, if I was doing magic for you or for anyone else in the theater there would be no stress. I’ll show you, look, I’m
gonna have you pick a card. – Okay. – Any time you like just say stop. (cards dribbling)
– Stop. – Remember that card. Okay?
– Yes. – You’ve got it? – Yes. – Okay, because I don’t know what it is. – Okay.
– Okay? But the moment that you say it out loud your card will fly out of the deck and I will catch it at my fingertips. – Okay. – It’ll happen in just a blink of an eye. Are you ready? – Yes. – Alyson name your card. – Six of clubs. (snapping) Wow. – The six of clubs. Pretty cool right? (audience clapping)
– [Alyson] Really cool. Amazing. – That’s what I mean, right? You’re impressed, you’re amazed. I’m having fun which is what it’s about but these guys look,
they’re not fooled, right? They know exactly how my
fingers manipulated the cards. They know where it was. They know how it flew out of the deck. If I’m gonna fool these
guys with the same trick, I have to do more than
just sleight of hand. I have to be clever. I have to be sneaky. I might even have to lie just a little. – (gasping) Shocking. (audience laughing)
– I know. So I’m gonna do the same trick for them but Penn, you remember what happened last time I was here? – I do. – [Kostya] Yeah, he picked up a chair. – [Alyson] I know, I don’t think I can protect you very well. – No, I need you here as
my body guard, please. Teller just sat there giggling
last time, did nothing. So how about this? You’re gonna stick with me at
least as my emotional support. – Yes. And I’d love it if the
gentlemen could join us up here. Everyone please welcome Penn
and Teller to the stage. (audience clapping)
Alyson come on over. Great to see you sir. – [Penn] Hello you rat bastard. – Ha, ha great to see you. Great to see you. So, let’s get comfortable. Gentlemen I’m gonna perform
the same trick for you as I just did for Alyson. I’m going to have you pick a card and then I will catch it at my fingertips. But I have to use a different method. And I know that the
moment I tell you that, your brains start thinking
of all the possible ways I could do this. So right now, Teller is burning my hands. That means he’s watching my every move. He’s making sure that I don’t
switch this deck of cards for a different one. One with all the same cards. Penn meanwhile, he’s burning the cards. He’s looking at the corners to make sure that I haven’t cut any of them to make them easier to get to. Or, maybe I file down the edges in order to make one card
stand out from the others. Maybe, maybe I use glue
on the edges of my fingers in order to make it
easier to catch that card. That would be clever. Or better yet, I have
magnets in my fingertips that allow me to capture that card. Yeah, maybe I do. Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t. That’s not for me to say. So all of these possibilities are there for you to consider. Maybe I’m telling you the
truth and maybe I’m not. Now, I know that doesn’t seem fair but hey, you guys started this game. (laughing) So, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to shuffle these cards but I won’t push them in all the way. Leaving some of these cards isolated and out of my control. I’m also going to riffle
slowly so Penn knows I’m not influencing his
choice with Jedi mind tricks. Penn please say stop. (riffling)
– Stop. – Are you happy there? – One more. – One more? How’s that? – Good. Teller, you feeling good about all this? Sure, why not, right? Now, very important
before we go any further, I want you to make sure that your card is not near the top or near the bottom. That it’s somewhere within the spread. And Alyson you can…I’m
sorry you didn’t see the card. – [Alyson] No. – Now you know how I feel. – Yeah. (laughing) – So, are you satisfied? It’s in the spread, very good. Now, at this moment in time there are multiple realities happening here on stage. See Penn and Teller they’re
focused on the method of the trick and trying to figure out what I lied to them about. But you and the audience, you don’t care about method so you get
to experience the effect. – Yeah. – Alright, look at the
joy on her face, right? – [Alyson] Uh huh. – Now, whereas for you, the
card shot out of the deck and I caught it at my fingertips. For you gentlemen, my
fingers are going to shoot into the deck and I
will capture your card. (sighing) (riffling) Penn what was your card? – [Penn] King of spades. (riffling) – Your card the king of spades. (audience oohing and clapping) Thank you very much gentlemen. Thank you very much. Thank you sir. (audience clapping) – [Alyson] I can understand
why he wanted to hit you. – [Kostya] Yes. – Yeah, that was incredible. – Thank you so much. – And so frustrating to
not know how you did that. – Yeah, well, it’s part of the magic. Part of the beauty of it. – [Alyson] So, am I correct
in thinking you’ve worked on that trick for 17 years? – Yes, I’ve been
practicing it for 17 years. – Wow, what was it at
17 years you were like yep, it’s ready. – You know, I just know,
I just had no life. I always played with cards. I always with my hand. I’m always practicing. I created it to fool magicians but I showed it kind of underground, didn’t show it to too many people. And for three years now I’ve been thinking what I can do to come back
and I thought this is it. – [Alyson] This is it. – Yeah. – Oh, was it nerve racking coming back for the second time? – I’ve been really looking forward to it. I’ve been looking forward
to seeing their faces and spending time with them on stage here so this has been the moment that I’m really excited about. – [Alyson] And how has your life changed since you were on the first time? – You know, the first
time I was on Fool Us, before then no one knew who I was. They didn’t know I was coming. But ever since then it’s changed my life because now people know, oh you’re the guy that fooled Penn and Teller. Let’s hire you. – Um, okay, I don’t know. I see some surprised looks. Let’s talk to the boys. – [Kostya] Okay. – [Alyson] Gentlemen. – I want you to think about this because if we do this bust on you, and if we’re wrong, and
if you’ve fooled us again, I’m going to hurt you. (laughing) So that kind, you know
that little thing you did with the glue stick and you
did the little scissors. You did this. You did that. I’m telling you we have a little list. I’ll hit you in the head. (laughing) I’ll kick you in the ass. (laughing) I’ll knock you down. I’ll trip you. Imagine those are laid out in
front of you as I say this. (laughing) Here’s the problem. – Okay. – You know we’ve hung out with you in hotel rooms with you
doing this stuff for us. Amazing stuff. And there’s a, kind of a
shortcut Teller and I use talking about juggling and magic. Because juggling, you say
you’re gonna do something and you do it. And in magic you say
you’re gonna do something and you don’t. We think we know you can
control a card anywhere. We know once I’ve picked a card you can put it wherever you want. We know you could put
that card where you want. We kind of sort of watched you do it. And then, and this is the
weirdest bust we’ve done, we think you actually did it. We don’t think there was a trick. We think you knew the location of the card and you’ve been practicing
since you were 18 cause you reached in and
grabbed the (beeping) thing. (laughing) We think you actually did what you said you were going to do. And therefore, although you blew our minds and amazed us, you did not fool us. We think you are that (beeping) good. (laughing) So go ahead, tell me you’re not that good. – So you think that I’ve been locked up for 20 years practicing. And that I could precision dribble and catch any card that I want
from anywhere in the deck? – Uh, kind of, sort of, ish, yeah. (laughing) – You’re 100% right. (laughing) (audience cheering and clapping) – [Penn] Thank you, it was so good. (audience cheering and clapping) – Thank you so much. You guys are the best. – [Penn] So good. – [Kostya] Thank you guys. – He’s better than you think. I’m telling you that. (audience cheering and clapping) – [Alyson] Kostya Kimlat. – Thank you very much. (audience cheering and clapping)

100 thoughts on “Penn & Teller Fool Us: Kostya Kimlat’s IMPOSSIBLE Card Trick // Season 5

  1. Thank you all for your comments. I love reading them and hope to respond to many of you soon! Want to know exactly how I did the trick? I just made this video for you: https://youtu.be/e3mRrg4qsbM

  2. Just the look & open mouth gaze on Teller's face afterwards says it all..lol..Simply Magical & Brilliant~!!!!!! 🙂

  3. He gaffed the trick he grabbed like seven cards. He knew where the card was located in the deck and being that he deals with cards all day long he's got a good sense of where to grab it. He grabbed like six cards and then picked it out of those. Lame

  4. I knew it was a precision trick as soon as he said “my fingers are going to shoot into the deck and grab your card” because at 5:22 he nervously sighed hoping he’ll be able to pull this off in front of an audience and at 5:24 he did two practices runs. Also from 5:31 you can see the stress on his face before he grabbed the card compared to 5:38 after he grabbed the card, you can see the relief he felt after he saw the king of spades. This IS NOT a trick, just absolute pure talent.

  5. Jesus. This man is THAT good? I knew he was good, but that’s literally next level. Magic that’s not magic. Magic that is just being that good at what you do.

  6. Even when they were able to decipher how he did the trick , they walked up to him to shake hands with him. That shows the respect they hold for him and his skill. To get such a receipt from top magicians itself is a great reward.

  7. But, he didn't actually capture it… he captured couple of them, then selected the correct one. So he didn't nail the card directly, technically. Right?

  8. Is it just me or when he showed all the cards to Penn and Teller he remembered the position of all cards. So when Penn said his card he just had to catch it in the right moment… What magic?

    EDIT: Ah, I was right.

  9. Tricks easy. Takes practice. In your mind breakup the deck into many small groups. One one thousand is too big per group go smaller! Make 5 cards or so half a second. He asks what card it was because he saw the deck he even asked if it was towards the front or rear of the deck to make sure he didnt have to shuffle in or out. Too close or far to the end would make the trick too hard and uneventful. He knew the kind was about midway. He knows because he saw the card and asked Penn literally which card. He plucked a group and picked from it.

  10. When does it become unimpressive? When he grabs 6 cards? When he grabs 10? He grabs five fucking cards and knows which one to pick. Over 10 years practice and couldn't pick the individual card.

  11. I honestly think that gave me a better feeling, and made me more happy for him, than if I had seen him fool them with a "trick". That was incredible!

  12. Knows the order of the cards and randomly grabs a handful of cards…is this your card? Lol what a crappy "trick" (or non-trick). Thats like a 5 year old trying to do magic lol lame

  13. No no no.

    Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts.

    The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is
    indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn't.

    The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret… but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.
    But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back.

    That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"."

  14. Even with knowing how it's done, this is amazing.

    There's certain tricks that just require you to know how it's done and a little bit of practice to get the timing right. But stuff like this requires insanely well developed skill – and insanely well developed skill is usually pretty darn neat to watch even if you know exactly what's going on.

  15. Ok so the grab is real but he made them choose from half deck also they never showed the card in first place could be rigged all together.. also he asked right before grabbing the cards out.. it's just they named a card and he grabbed a few out one was theirs..

  16. Oh hell no my eyes are tearing cause I literally watched this in slow mo 30 times trying to find the trick wow 🤯🤯🤯

  17. Maybe it was a video editing thing BUT the bottom card just before the dribble is a "2 of Spades" then it's magically a "King of Clubs"

  18. Remember the cards and when he says the card name you time it right and grab the card. Thats why the card was in the middle

  19. I admire and respect this guy so much. I learnt a bit about sleight of hands when I was much younger, and my hands would tremble so much even if I was performing to a kid…this guy’s hands are as still as ice performing to the 2 legends. Mad skills and respect to you sir!

  20. How this felt: If you are a normal person everybody believes you but if you are a magician and do something akin to magic than nobody will believe you because they expect it from you… sad

  21. True sign of a great magician! He revealed what most magicians would do to get the card by using gimmicks. This guy is very talented!

  22. Wow. No wonder it took 17 years. The guy literally used his knowledge of where the card was and just grabbed it from the deck. Precision. Not a trick.

  23. This guy is fantastic! The first time he was on, he was insane. But this time was no trick really. Did you see him not grab the card at once, but he grabbed the card out of a bunch of cards, watch it back. But still hes one of the best! This is like that guy who shoved an oreo in his mouth stuffed in a napkin which was obvious but it fooled them!

  24. First trick was with a trick deck where every other card is the 6 of clubs. The way he had her chose was his control method to insure that the six of clubs was chosen. He then swapped that out for a 2nd real deck to do the 2nd trick

  25. I don't know what's more impressive, the monk-like dedication to honing this skill, or that blinding double cull from your first Fooler.

    You, Sir, are the Real Deal.

    You have all of my admiration.

  26. I think if you managed to only catch the one card instead of five, the misdirect of a fool being there would of fooled them but I'm afraid to Pens eyes who was a juggler saw the catch of 5 not as a trick but an attempt at sheer skill..

  27. People are funny. They watch the video to be entertained and then spoil that entertainment by trying to figure out the trick.

  28. For me when I look at a trick like this and know how it's done. It actually makes the trick more impressive to me.

    Just the level of skill and precision needed to pull off something like this is amazing!

  29. This reminds me of the one where they thought the guy was just so good at memorization that he knew all the words on the pages of the book he had Allison pick. Turned out he didn’t have a good memory though and there was actually a trick to it so he fooled Penn and Teller.

  30. I'm confused here,just because they know what he did doesn't mean they know how he did it? Isn't that the point of the show? Didn't he technically fool them?

  31. Why do p&t look so huge everytime they are being filmed at a performers table? Is it a telephoto lenses effect? Sometimes it looks as though they are being superimposed in the scenes. Its freaking me out…

  32. Well the truth is he messed up this time. Although it's still pretty impressive what he did, he was supposed to only catch the one card needed. He failed to do that and the rest of the extra unneeded cards he caught led to an easy conclusion for Pen and Teller, that is actually a skill based trick.

  33. Important who lives next door. If you are not pro. It would be very hard to even guess. You are a great one. Blackstone would be proud of you.

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