I'm curious to know, from folks who have seen P&T's live show, if the routine as done on the West Wing was performed exactly as it is in their show. Now, I could be off base here, but while the script and presentation was positively perfect (congrats to Jamy for inspiring the routine), the actual magic was not terribly deceptive. Maybe it was the camera angle, maybe it was something else, but my wife, who was sitting next to me said, when they were done, "Duh, it's in the flower pot behind them." Perhaps it was a matter of not performing on their own stage (and therefore having additional props getting in the way, like the flowerpot). I don't know whether to not it was actually there, nor how the flag was actually disposed of, but it seemed like the magic was too easily explained away.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the routine -- the political message, the fact that, even while they're preparing to "burn" the flag, they're treating with the utmost respect (white gloves, properly folding it, etc.) -- but it just seemed to be lacking in actual deceptiveness. I realize that wasn't the point (the political message was, obviously, the focus), but I would have preferred to see a more deceptive vanish. Maybe it's just the magician in me. :)