Teller (born February 14, 1948) is an American magician, illusionist, actor, comedian, writer, director and half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette. Teller usually does not speak during performances. He is an atheist, debunker, skeptic, and a fellow of the Cato Institute (a free market libertarian think tank which also lists Jillette as a fellow), an organization which featured prominently in the duo's Showtime television series Bullshit!. Teller legally changed his name from "Raymond Joseph Teller" to the mononym "Teller", and possesses a United States passport issued in that name.
Teller was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Irene B. (née Derrickson) and Israel Max (later Joseph) Teller (1913–2004). His father was of Russian Jewish descent, born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Philadelphia. His mother was from a farming family in Delaware; the two met as painters attending art school at Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. His mother was Methodist, and Teller was raised as "a sort of half-assed Methodist". He attended Central High School and Amherst College...
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