Penn Jillette

One of Las Vegas' most popular showmen has been cast in a bewitching role on CBS's The Defenders. Penn Jillette, currently appearing at the Rio Hotel with his silent partner Teller, will play a colorful Sin City magic shop owner/magic scholar named Reuben Charles in the Nov. 11 episode. He gets wrapped up with the Defenders when they take on a case involving Las Vegas' most famous magician, a David Copperfield-like phenom intent on protecting his secrets.

"We're thrilled to work with Penn," says executive producer Greg Walker. "He's an amazing magician and wildly intelligent. I've been a fan for years and the instant the role came up, I thought of him. He's everything we look for in our show — he's the real Vegas deal."

The 6' 6½" personality has appeared on many series in the past, including Just Shoot Me, Home Improvement, Dharma & Greg, Friends and The Drew Carey Show. Cool casting, but I won't be totally happy until Carrot Top lands a part on this show. Anyone who has seen that guy's show would want to hire an attorney immediately!

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