Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Season 1 Episode 10

ESP

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 28, 2003 on Showtime
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On this episode of Bullsh**!, Penn and Teller take a look into the world of ESP and how much bullsh** it really is! First, an examination of remote viewing, by which people attempt to determine the identity of a hidden object by drawing at random. Penn and Teller attend a class on remote viewing and test the students and teacher to see if it really does what it's supposed to do.
Also in the episode, an animal communication consultant charges people so that she may tell them what their animal is thinking (saying to her). And get ready to go inside an exciting SPOON-BENDING PARTY! Special Guest Experts include: Mark Klaas (President of Beyond Missing Inc. and the Klaas Kids Foundation, Father of Polly Klaas) Dr. Bruce Goldberg (Hypnotherapist, Dentist) Ray Hyman (Research Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon) Jack Hauck (Psychokinesis teacher) Steven Walton (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, California State University Northridge) Russell Targ (Physicist, Author, and Cofounder of Stanford Research Institute) Monica Dietrich (Pet Psychic) Wayne Carr, PhD (Executive director of the Western Institute of Remote Viewing) Chris Mohandie, PhD (Police Psychologist)moreless

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The boom mic bobs into view after the remote viewing class finishes.

      • An extended cut of Dr. Goldberg's past-life regression can be seen in the deleted scenes on the season one dvd.

      • According to the exterior shot of the strip mall, Monica Dietrich ironically does her pet psychic work in a chiropractor's office.

      • James Randi offers a one million dollar prize to anyone who can show under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power. To date no one has been able to win the one million dollar prize. While Penn mentions this prize in the episode itself, Randi discussing the same thing can be seen in the deleted scenes on the first season dvd.

    • QUOTES (14)

      • Goldberg: I know people are gonna shake their heads and think this is strange and unusual whatever, but lemme tell you something.
        Penn: WE'RE NOT LISTENING, WE'RE NOT LISTENING! LALALALALA!

      • Penn: Dr. Goldberg's qualifications for his practice? He's a dentist! Well, you'd almost have to be a dentist. I mean, only a dentist would have a pair of pliers large enough to pull this past life bullsh** out of his A**!

      • Penn: Wait a minute...is everybody just bending their spoons with their hands? What the f*ck is that all about? It's not even a LAME trick! Jack just tells them to use their hands and claims the mind power has softened the metal! Using your hands is supposed to prove that! We were hoping for at least a trick...Jack has found a way to sink below MAGICIANS!

      • Dietrich: Animals have tendencies. I have talked to several animals that were gay...
        Penn: She's a wacko...but a politically correct wacko.

      • Penn: Telepathy is the so-called ESP ability to communicate with people with only your mind. I guess they figure moving their lips is a little too complicated a process.

      • Penn: [on Remote Viewing] You may think this looks like kindergarten. But in kindergarten, the kids actually learn something...and they get naptime.

      • Carr: Hi, I'm Dr. Carr, the Executive Director of the Western Institute of Remote Viewing...
        Penn: In other words, his kitchen.

      • Hyman: Smart people can be so stupid just because they are so smart. And they're smart enough to weave a story that justifies what they're doing.

      • Penn: Based on Hyman's recommendations, the remote viewing experiment was closed down permanently. The final tab for us taxpayers? 20 million dollars.
        Randi: Gee, I could've told them that for a dollar 75.

      • Klass: No psychic detective has ever recovered a missing child. You will find no cop in America who will tell you that the case was finally broken by the prediction of a psychic detective.

      • Hauck: You're releasing something more powerful than atomic weapons.
        Penn: Yeah...let's hope Jack doesn't have his finger on the button.

      • Penn: I'm a pet psychic, psychic. I can tell you what your pet psychic is thinking and feeling. Your pet psychic is thinking "this is safe, no one can contradict me and realize I'm lying. I don't even have the balls to be a human psychic. I feel like such a pile of bullsh**!"

      • Dr. Carr: Have fun with crayons. A good remote viewer is never without his crayons!

      • Penn: The Stanford Remote Viewing program was financially supported by the CIA. Proving that these guys are just as gullible as the rest of us!

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