Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller, and advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free market capitalism. Jillette was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His mother, Valda R. Jillette (nee Parks) (November 8, 1909-- January 1, 2000), was a secretary, and his father, Samuel Herbert Jillette (March 14, 1912--February 14, 1999), worked at Greenfield's Franklin County Jail. Jillette became disenchanted with traditional illusionist acts that presented the craft as authentic magic, such as The Amazing Kreskin on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
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