Penn and Teller Guide to Toaster Etiquite. - YouTube.jpg

Penn & Teller describe everything you can do, and many of the things you shouldn’t with a video toaster from NewTek. As is, the first video toaster. As in, the first time that professional level video switching was made available to lower-budget outlets across the country and around the world.

We are going to say this is either 1989 or 1990. In fact, if you really want to feel old, check out the YouTube comments on this video and the confusion by many that the device mentioned is not an actual crisp-your-bread toaster.

According to the uploader, here is the backstory on the video:

This was done as a promotional tape for the Video Toaster by NewTek before the product came out. It was shown at trade shows and at parties at the company.

Around a decade ago I had access to the video library at NewTek and duped off a bunch of demo tapes and recently I digitized them as my tapes were starting to decay.

Penn and Teller are friends with Tim Jenison the owner and founder of NewTek.

A great time capsule of a bygone era for two of magic’s most original. Also, what a revolution in camera tricks!