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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)

Comments (100)

  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. The worst mistake was being honest in this case. If he hadn't given the complete details about 18 yrs and let magic be a little mystery, he could have fooled them.
    After all, we know every magic is a trick, we just love to lie to ourselves and love getting fooled. Never reveal your secrets.

  3. Tellers face when they realized… That's legit priceless.

  4. So he didnt fool Penn and Teller, because he actually did magic with his hands

  5. He caught a bunch of cards not one, still cool though.

  6. Even teller is speechles again…

  7. Gonna assume its memorizing where the cards were at that moment. Soon as he asked him what card it was he by memory knew around where his card was going to be. Also maybe timing. He knew how many mili seconds or whatever it would take to reach that card before he grabbed the few cards that his card in it. Notice after he spreads the cards the last time he never shuffles them again. He memorized where the cards were. I think he just has a great memory and retains the location of the cards.

  8. i miss Jonathan Ross on this show

  9. I thought when he said hes been doing it for 18 years it wasnt a trick and years of practice and dedication taught him how to manipulate 1 single card out the pack the man has SKILLS !!

  10. Sometimes I come here just to see Lily pad 😭♥️

  11. So he just had a lucky guess?

  12. i figured it out, its the sound of the cards, he never shuffled after the card was picked, so with listening he can figure put which card it was

  13. So basically instead doing a magic trick, he is magic

  14. Not so impressed. If he had grab only one and the right card better. If he didn't have to ask what card was when he had several in his hand.

  15. Could probably just get by in playing poker and black jack for the rest of his life…unbelievable

  16. He told him the card before he showed it to him

  17. FAIL. He caught like 4 cards. I can Do that also of I catch 4 cards.

  18. Even though you didn't fool them, I can still imagine how many FU Penn would want to say to you. This trick is still damn good, and all the misdirections are amazing.

  19. Impressive as shit, a no trick trick

  20. the audio correction in this video is awful

  21. I know how he did it

  22. I jokingly said to myself "he just has a good reaction time". I didn't think he actually did.

  23. Bloody hell! Awesome guy is awesome

  24. Thus trick is very bad. He catches five cards. Ok.he is an artist but that was so obvious that he knew were it was. Still impressive

  25. “he’s better than you think, i can tell you that” – penn

    here he grabbed 5 cards and asked for penn’s card before that (you think it’s good) instead of catching only 1 and not asking for what card was picked just like in his other videos (which is better) thus, “he’s better than you think”.

  26. This is nuts… absolutely nuts… the coordination and skill he would need… damn!

  27. He spent too much time removing ways he didn't do it in the beginning, leaving the only the truth as answer

  28. If he wouldn’t have messed up and grabbed just the card. He would have fooled them

  29. Pure Joy and Amazement

  30. He puts a card in his pocket when he puts the glue and magnet away

  31. I think it was a force; when he spreads out the cards, the King of Spades is indeed in the middle somewhere but Kostya knows it – if you watch closely at 4:54 he grabs the King of Spades out from the middle, and at 5:30 the King of Spades is clearly at the bottom of the pile.

  32. This guy is really good but he just rubs me the wrong way.

  33. Rule 1) don't hang out with P&T doing sleight of hand then go on their show and try to fool them….with sleight of hand.

  34. 17 years clearly wasn't enough

  35. 5:36 you can clearly see him grab like 5 or 6 cards, then he chooses theirs. What? Still impressive i suppose that he remembers a rough location of each card, but its just a simple memory trick

  36. Haha! Nice nice! 😀 👏👏

  37. so you catch five cards & Penn tell you the one he pick.

  38. This guy sounds like Lin Manuel Miranda and looks like a virgin Lin Manuel Miranda

  39. I mean perfect example of a perfect trick meaning only one way to do it

  40. was it just me but he showered the cards down then half way ended up with 5 or 6 card face up so he saw the card then penn said and picked and caught it.Have alook at 5:36 in maybe just me !!!???

  41. not impossible its just for 17 years you should know the span of how fast the cards shoot and if you manually went through the cards he felt the amount

  42. He grabbed 4 though, instead of accurately got 1 in some of the clips in his own practicing montage video

  43. Years we'll spent.

  44. I mean… it's true… If the card was at the back of the deck, he knew that and he grabbed like 6 cards at once and then just picked it out it isn't THAT impressive IMO.

  45. Freaking amazing. Love love love

  46. I don’t get what was so impressive he oooked at like 6 cards at once and then took the right card out after he was told what card

  47. Борис Бритва Костя Кимблять

  48. You should have said that you came up with the trick since last week or at least not saying that you been training for 20 years

  49. damn that deserved the "Fool us" though!

  50. @5:25 the bottom card looks like a 2 of spades. At 5:28 you can barely see the bottom card one more time and it still looks like the 2 of spades. Between 5:28 and 5:29, the view switches camera and suddenly the bottom card is the king of spades or clubs in the new shot. At 5:33 you can confirm the bottom card looks like the king of clubs. Are P&T and the producers in on the trick and they did a card substitution that they cut out in the editing?

  51. I can perform a trick, I can make my penis disappear between her legs… incredible trick expert level. 😮 Hey! It beats a flute at band camp. 😃

  52. I'm like " WTF " 🤔

  53. That was great and all, but can be do it with chopsticks like karate kid?

  54. If Rock Lee was a magician

  55. I knows this old, but they may have been how they knew. You said you might lie, so they caught on to that misdirect because telling the truth could be how they figured not to over complicate it, and said he’s just that good. 😅

  56. That's the chick from American Pie

  57. He grabbed 4 cards though!?!??

  58. I wish the King of Spades was under Penn's chair!

  59. Alyson is so beautiful. Ive had a crush on her ever since American Pie

  60. The camera catches Teller's card appearing at the bottom of the deck near the end of the trick. Or maybe it was a club not a spade but it looked like the card changed.

  61. 6 of clubs put it at .25 speed was still too fast lol

  62. The guy grabbed five cards and looked at a mall and grabbed there card. Look like a game of luck

  63. I think Pen and Teller did a good job on Kosta's show that night.

  64. Very easy trick but I will tell it to Allison

  65. ok let see him again for the 1st time !! im fooled!!!

  66. 5:29

    Why is there a camera cut right there? At that moment, the card on the bottom of the deck switches.

  67. I could catch 5 cards and then pick the one I needed (your card). That was hardly a trick. Alternatively you could have just given them all 52 cards and say your card is in there…. mic drop!!!

  68. why was "god damn" censored twice?

  69. He caught 5 of them and then looked and them and picked out the K of spades 😅😂

  70. lmao that's like almost fooling them… but if only you made them think it was an actual trick and not a skill LOL

  71. 4:00 he put the card in his pocket

  72. I've heard Alison can do magic also. She made a flute disappear in band camp.

  73. @ 5:35 – there is a card that has fallen on end, and then immediately tumbles over (as it should). It is smaller than the rest….

    @ 3:59 – you pull a magnet, and only a magnet out of your pocket, but it's not only a magnet that goes back in….

  74. I wonder what Rick Jay would say about this if he had seen it.

  75. He grabbed 5 cards and picked the card.
    Bullshit

  76. This is guy is some high-level shit. I'm pretty confident that he actually PLANNED to get busted.
    If he simply fooled them, he would still get a reputation boost, but the trick would remain secret. By having Penn (a world-renowned magician) breakdown and compliment his brilliance in such fine detail during the bust attempt, the audience became aware of how layered and intricate Kimlat's strategic approach was, and this would net him even more popularity than he would have gained by simply fooling them outright a second time.
    If that's actually what he was thinking…I'm super impressed.

  77. That was lame! He didn’t even land on the card and asked for the card before he even started going/looking through the cards!

  78. “Hey what was your card?” “Ok lemme just go through the deck face up and stop near your card, and then pick your card out when I see it. 🤣🤣

  79. When he fanned through the deck he remembered the area he said stop and then just stopped near it and pulled out the card Penn told him to

  80. The only place that card trick would be a hit is at a Jewish kids birthday party

  81. New show : Penn & Teller try and fool Kostya Kimlat !

  82. :29 "except for 1", but there are 2 flipped cards

  83. Anybody else think that had he grabbed only 1 card…the correct card, it woulda been a wayyyy better trick?? Trick sucked!

  84. He caught like 7 cards🤦🏽‍♂️

  85. Wrote a mark on the card…

  86. King of spades was right at the bottom. Penn and Teller are fools. 🤣🤣

  87. Well, the moment it became apparent that you actually did it is when you picked FOUR cards out of the stack. A second before you did that, you asked Penn what the card was, so you reduced the likelihood of getting the right card by four (you knew roughly where the card was, grabbed four, and knew one of them would be it, looked at the cards and had Penn tell you what it is, and then you pulled it out and dropped the other four). So, out of a deck of say 52 cards you only had 13 different locations. It is still amazing, but makes it a lot more probable to get the right card.

  88. HOW HE DID IT:

    It looked like he caught the cards with his eyes closed, meaning he had to locate not just the king of spades but EVERY SINGLE card when he asked penn and teller if their card was in the spread. Then by touch, catches the cards out of the air. He knows where the king of spades is in the deck but doesn't flex too hard by grabbing 5, which makes this trick's success rate roughly 1/10 chance. Maybe by Penn's compliment, he believes that Kostya could catch even less cards than that. Anyway its just my theory could be wrong. This man has amazing performance skills and crowd work magicians dream to have. All the thought into the trick was truly a mastery of a craft and I couldn't be more mind fucked.

  89. did he magnetize that card?

  90. Wait that’s lily from how I met your mother!

  91. 5:35 nice trick you use magnet to catch 6 cards but only 5 youve catch

  92. He would have fooled them if he'd just caught the one

  93. The best to ever do it ! Lol I tried this with uno cards and still couldn’t pull it off 😅😂

  94. Stop using the word impossible

    That word implies to something that would be, impossible. They busted the trick, therefore it's not impossible. Impossible only works if they can't guess the trick. That would be considered impossible. I hate click bait titles

  95. I've never done a magic trick in my life and I knew how he did that one

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