Penn & Teller make magic happen with Pliant Technologies CrewCom

Known for their outrageous blend of magic and comedy, Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show takes a unique approach to live entertainment with provocative, hilarious, and often amazing results. 

When looking to upgrade the intercom system for season seven of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Comms A2 Tony Kremer, founder of Kinetic Productions, turned to Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system. The show required a solution that offers increased flexibility and usability, and seamlessly integrates with the venue’s existing hardwired intercom systems for broadcast and theatrical use. Since 2014, America’s favorite comedy/magic duo has presented their “Fool Us” television show at the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino.

“With our previous system, each base station offered only four 2-channel beltpacks, limiting our capabilities in terms of communication,” says Kremer. “When looking to upgrade our wireless intercom, it was of utmost importance to deploy a flexible system that simplifies frequency coordination and offers up to 4-channels per pack. I was thrilled to find exactly what we were looking for, and then some, with Pliant Technologies.”

Pliant’s 900MHz CrewCom wireless intercom system for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” consists of a CrewCom Control Unit (CU) located backstage connected to two radio transceivers (RTs/antennas), supporting four 4-channel Radio Packs (RPs) and four 2-channel RPs. With the 4-channel RPs, Kremer can offer additional paths of communication between the four stage managers, house/stage personnel and the All Mobile Video truck throughout the show. Additionally, Kremer chose to go with Pliant’s 900MHz CrewCom model to avoid any interference issues, which is very important given today’s congested RF landscape.