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TO DEC. 31
“We have been doing magic together for 25 years, and are so sick of it we could spit. In the new show, we are moving into the field of religion and will be performing real miracles.” So says the Penn & Teller Web site. Frankly, it’s been done. One might even say that certain televangelists are better at sleight of hand than P&T, managing to make millions of dollars disappear from the bank accounts of their flock at the drop of a name. But while it took a lengthy federal investigation to bring down Jim Bakker and his pals, Penn & Teller will happily share their own secrets—and those of any other ‘illusionists’ for that matter—with the public. Remember when that guy locked himself in a block of ice as part of a TV special? Penn eagerly reminded the press that, gee, Eskimos have been living in igloos for centuries. So where’s the trick, genius? In this era of ersatz entertainment, if you come to the Penn & Teller show expecting miracles, you might get some water-to-wine divine mastery flavored with a sprinkling of reincarnation. But certainly don’t expect some boring lesson in cold-weather survival. Go and be healed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, to Friday, Dec. 29, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, and 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $26.50-$41. (202) 432-7328. (Dave Nuttycombe)