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Penn Jillette’s original pilot ‘Street Cred’ is green lit by the Travel Channel

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Christopher DeVargas

The home of Penn Jillette from Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller know how to keep busy.

On the heels of Teller’s new side gig co-directing “The Tempest” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Penn Jillette has signed on to host a new hidden-camera show for the Travel Channel.

The network announced today that it has green lit production for “Street Cred,” an original pilot that follows Penn as he scours the country for America’s best street performers. The magician, comedian and former street performer will team up with undercover experts to seek out the show’s unwitting contestants through hidden cameras, rewarding the best with a $10,000 tip.

The half-hour pilot is produced by High Noon Entertainment and was green lit along with two other pilots for the network: “Booze Traveler,” which explores cocktail customs and culture around the world, and “Great Escape,” which follows escape artist Steve Santini as he explores iconic and perilous tourist destinations across the globe.

Jillette also is competing on Season 3 of “Rachael vs. Guy” on the Food Network for a grand prize of $50,000 to donate to Opportunity Village. The cooking competition premiered Monday.

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