Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Title:Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781501140181
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality—Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary.

Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his sixtieth birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: if he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.”

In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking read.


    Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales Reviews

  • Matthew

    I have to start by saying I am a huge fan of Penn Jillette. I have watched his comedy for years and even attended a Penn and Teller show in Vegas. I love listening to him talk – he is just such a bi...

  • Daniel Roy

    Want dieting advice from Penn Jillette? Here's the most useful piece of advice you'll find in Presto!:"Don't take dieting advice from a juggler."Seriously, though. If you approach this book as a dieti...

  • Tom

    I am pretty sure I like this book. I mean, the jokes are pretty familiar if you listen to Penn's podcast, and there are allusions to stories in previous books that will go over the heads of newcomers....

  • Don Gillette

    Despite being unable to spell his last name correctly, I usually enjoy Penn Jillette, but this is a health and diet book like Milli Vanilli were musicians.I don't consider this a spoiler, so I'm going...

  • Malcolm

    It's a book by Penn about psuedoscience. Not him busting it, but partaking in it. He openly admits to not be a doctor and discourages the reader from following his diet. And rightly so, the rapid weig...

  • Judith

    I have a soft spot for Penn Jillette. I've read many of his books and almost always enjoy them tremendously. He is completely irreverent and self-deprecatory while at the same time he goes to extremes...

  • JDK1962

    There's a point (toward the very end) at which he says--for probably the 5th or 10th time--"I don't drink or do recreational drugs" then admit that he says it a lot, then says it's because what he wri...

  • Sarah

    i am a fat fuck. i had to put this book down a couple times because it made me feel bad for being a fat fuck. so, if you are a fat fuck with a lot of self-loathing around that issue, i would maybe avo...

  • ~?~Autumn??

    Interesting diet ideas if you can stand the super bad language. I had to skip over some stuff near the end. He eats mushrooms but I read in Dr. Wallace's book that if you have an autoimmune disorder y...

  • Tanuki

    When a scientist produces startling, reproducible results, the world should take notice. In this case, the scientist is Ray Cronise, who combined a swath of emerging evidence (some relatively well est...