Glenville magician Steven Brundage found Internet fame in 2014 after he used a trick to avoid a speeding ticket, and recently the Rubik’s Cube performer also made an appearance on the television show “Penn and Teller: Fool us.”
He did indeed fool them.
“I don’t work a day in my life,” Brundage said referring to how much he loves doing magic. “Obviously I always want to go further and maybe have my own show. But each step I take seems to be in the right direction.”
“Penn and Teller: Fool us” is a competition in which magicians perform in front of the popular Las Vegas entertainers Penn Jillette and Teller and attempt to trick the duo. If the performer is successful, he or she has the opportunity to open for Penn & Teller at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel.
In January, Brundage received a call from the show’s talent producer asking him to compete, and a few months back Brundage flew out to Las Vegas to tape his segment, which aired this past Monday.
In his act, Brundage solved the Rubik’s Cube by simply throwing the toy up in the air or placing it in a brown paper bag. Brundage even included Teller in a trick by somehow matching every side of his own cube to Teller’s randomized cube.
“It doesn’t take long to say he fooled us,” Penn said matter-of-factly as the show’s host handed Brundage a trophy bearing the letters F and U, exhibiting Penn and Teller’s comedic personality.
For most of Brundage’s performance, the Las Vegas duo sat unsure how he was seemingly completing the tricks with so little effort. Brundage recalled at one point Penn tried to throw him off by pausing to get a glimpse at how the trick was done.
“Penn was trying to throw me off,” Brundage said. “He could have actually thrown me off.” But he didn’t.
Brundage said he plans to fly out to Las Vegas sometime at the end of this year to fool Penn & Teller’s Rio audience.
Now 24, Brundage became infatuated with the Rubik’s Cube at age 12 and started performing tricks around three years ago.
He currently makes a living performing as a magician locally.
“I love performing,” Brundage said. “I get to do a lot more traveling, I can charge more too, but I still like living in Glenville.”
In December 2014, Brundage was pulled over in Scotia for speeding while returning home from a show in New York City. He was able to dodge a ticket by performing one of his signature Rubik’s Cube tricks.
Brundage recorded footage of the encounter and posted it on the Internet. The original video has over 2 million views on YouTube.
Brundage then began to gain popularity. He was featured on “Good Morning America,” the “Steve Harvey Show” and multiple local media outlets.
“It’s been pretty intense,” Brundage said. “The ‘Good Morning America’ appearance in December blew everything up, then it slowed down a bit.”
Brundage’s most recent television appearance on The CW has regenerated the media attention and brought him back into the public eye.
“I’ve been getting a lot of Facebook messages,” he said.