I love Penn and Teller, have been watching there stuff for years, one of my favorite shows is their show on Showtime, and something I have always wondered is why is only one of Penn's finger nails painted? It has got to be something significant, anybody know?Why does Penn Jillette have one finger nail painted?
Speculation arises from Penn Jillette's red fingernail on his left hand. From a FAQ from Penn %26amp; Teller's official website, there are three common answers:
1. It means he once shot a man for asking personal questions.
2. When Jillette first began performing, his mother told him to get a manicure because people would be looking at his hands. In response to this, he had all of his nails painted red as a joke. The one remaining red fingernail is in honor of his mother.
3. It's just cool and can also sometimes provide excellent misdirection.
On the episode of Penn Radio broadcast on November 29, 2006, Jillette related the real story behind his red fingernail. It began as a joke with his mother. When he was 18 years old, his mother advised him to keep his hands looking nice, since he was then working as a magician and his audience would be looking at his hands. Jillette colored the single nail red and showed it to his mother. He has continued to paint that single nail to the present. The color he uses is Jelly Apple Red (#054) by Essie.
He was once known to say that people pay so little attention to the important part of a trick that they ';wouldn't even notice if you had painted your finger nail red';, in reference to how people pay attention to the result of misdirection (as intended) instead of the cause.