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Presto!

How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

By Penn Jillette

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Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 2016
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.

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There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative and profane. But is it right? God, no! --Glenn Beck" "People who say that libertarians have no heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. Because Penn Jillette has a lot of both."--Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park and award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon "Jillette has made a career as a provocateur, and it is tempting to dismiss this book as another piece of carny shtick, but there is a forceful intelligence at work here that demands to be taken seriously. He has shaped his argument with care."--Daniel Stashower, Washington Post Book World "There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative and profane. But is it right? God, no!"--Glenn Beck Praise for GOD, NO! "Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible--andunique. There isn't--couldn't be--better not be--anybody like him."--Richard Dawkins, bestselling author ofThe Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion "This planet has yielded exactly one mutual friend for Glenn Beck and me and that friend has written a brilliant book called God, No!. Penn reveals 'the big secret of magic, ' tells you why tattoos are perfect expressions of atheism and exactly what to eat when you know you're going to vomit later."--Lawrence O' Donnell Praise for GOD, NO! "Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible--andunique. There isn't--couldn't be--better not be--anybody like him."--Richard Dawkins, bestselling author ofThe Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion "Penn Jillette of the comedy-magic duo Penn and Teller holds nothing back in 'Presto!' as he describes how he lost almost a third of himself in a rather unconventional way. Using honesty and humor, he takes readers on his journey to discovering a healthy lifestyle....Jillette has written an extremely funny and somewhat profane book that will motivate others to seek weight-loss solutions."--ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) "This hugely entertaining book chronicles Jillette's weight-loss odyssey, but it really does much more than that...funny and profane...undeniably inspiring."--Booklist This planet has yielded exactly one mutual friend for Glenn Beck and me and that friend has written a brilliant book called God, No!. Penn reveals the big secret of magic, tells you why tattoos are perfect expressions of atheism and exactly what to eat when you know you're going to vomit later. --Lawrence O Donnell" Praise for GOD, NO! Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible andunique. There isn't couldn't be better not be anybody like him. --Richard Dawkins, bestselling author ofThe Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion" Praise for GOD, NO! Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible andunique. There isn't couldn't be better not be anybody like him. --Richard Dawkins, bestselling author ofThe Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion"

EAN: 9781501140181
ISBN: 1501140183
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions: 21.59 x 14.22 x 3.3 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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