NSFW: Two magicians, three cups and one lesson your boring product must learn from Penn and Teller

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“Are Penn and Teller really launching a product at TechCrunch 50?”

As I typed the message to Arrington, I could barely contain my glee. For a few strange years, starting towards the end of my teens, I worked as a magician – making good money and impressing girls by turning card tricks at corporate dinners and in fancy restaurants.

It’s a long story, but one strangely common among people who ended up working on or around the web. For some reason a youthful interest in magic often comes hand-in-hand with a career in technology. It’s probably something to do with being a geek.

Arrington’s reply was both a confirmation and a warning: “Yes they are. And if you write anything that stops them coming, you’re fired.”

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