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

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Penn Jillette

9 Hours 34 Minutes

Novel Audio

August 2016

Audio Book Summary

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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  • Becky B

    Inspiring! (Penn would guffaw at that.) Two weeks on the potato diet, and I am no longer a couch potato. Depression is gone. I am completing projects. Joints not as achy. I have energy. Cravings are manageable. Losing on average a pound a day.

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  • Tara May W.

    So entertaining I think this is the first book that has kept me laughing form beginning to end! I can't recommend it enough! We love you penn!

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  • Keith H.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It changed a lot about how I think and how I view the world. I may not want to try anything as crazy as described by Penn, but I was entertained by his highly descriptive and often hilarious anecdotes! I always wondered how he achieved such a drastically sudden change, as I first saw it on a random episode of P&T: Fool Us and was utterly gobsmacked! As for narration, Penn Jillette could narrate the BIBLE and I\'d enjoy it!

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  • Chris F.

    it's an interesting tale that is for sure, a few things bug me. it's well documented that his friend Matt who is talked about doing amazing and is often spoke about in the book is massive again. Penn himself put back on over 30lbs also. This means that like many diets they didn't actually learn anything about how to feed themselves afterwards. Sorry it may be fruit but eating multiple punnets of blueberrys is not normal, it's pure greed. It's like a drug addict swapping cocaine for sex, they still addicts that need help and it sounds like they are still food addicts but just changed to a lower grade drug . The plan that they were put on is not revolutionary, in the nutritional world 'extreme dieting' is a common thing , to do it for that long is unusual however. The vegan diet is not a healthy one, it's the only diet that requires supplements. The diet is no different from one of those shake only diets but presented in different clothes . Oh how much protein do I need ? weight in kgs * 0.8 is the answer. Anyway the book is interesting to hear the struggles that come with extreme dieting. But as no one talked about in the book kept it off then it's a failed experiment.

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  • Barnaby K.

    It's fun to hear Penn's words, in his own voice, and the audio book goes at a good pace, if you like his way with words and his no nonsense attitude then you will enjoy the book. It won't be for everyone but if you enjoy their stage show then the insight to his weight loss and snap shot of the time spent doing it is an entertaining journey

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  • Thomas Abbott

    Good listen!

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  • Mark Juell

    Disappointing! One of a very few books I could not bring myself to finish.

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  • Michael Konen

    Very inspired love Penn! This is truly the best thing on the reality of weight loss.Time for my fat fuck self to start the potato famine! On day 4 thus far, feels great, I understand now there\'s are cravings and not hunger.

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  • Josh Barrett

    As always Penn does an amazing job narrating. Your in for a treat!!!

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  • Paul Shearer

    Penn Jillette's has delivered yet another entertaining and thought provoking book. This book will keep you laughing and if you're looking to lose some weight, it may even change your life.

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