Flamboyant magician Penn Jillette, the outspoken half of the edgy magic duo Penn and Teller, has given up his trademark ponytail in aid of Locks of Love, a nonprofit organisation that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the US and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Jillette allowed his silent partner Teller to chop 10 inches off the ponytail, which he had been growing for 25 years, during a Cut-A-Thon at the Rio Spa and Salon, Las Vegas. He was moved to participate because one of his coworkers at the Rio, where the comedy-magic duo are in residence, has a granddaughter currently undergoing chemotherapy. She is expected to make a full recovery, but all the long-haired employees at the Rio were asked to donate some hair in her name.
“I don’t think a two-year-old would look good in my long curly hair, but I hope someone can use it,” Jillette said. “There’s no panic; I can give 10 inches and still have enough left for a ponytail to hide my microphone cables. We all wish her the best.”