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

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

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 re An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality?Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds ...

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

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

  • Judith
    Nov 19, 2016
    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 praising the things and the people who make him happy. In that way, he reminds me of ...
  • Rhonda
    Sep 14, 2018
    certainly makes ya think and get your arse moving to finally do something. ...
  • Bill
    Mar 15, 2019
    Even with the acknowledged writing assistance from others, this is a book very much in Penn's voice, and it carries the legacy of his carny work -- like the routine of a barker or busker, it relies on repetition, a touch (or a bucketfull) of attention-grabbing vulgarity, and the consta...
  • Sarah
    Mar 05, 2019
    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 avoid this book. i like how jillette writes, but the last 1/3 of the book was pretty ...
  • Jay
    Mar 27, 2018
    You read this one for the Penn Jillette attitude. It isn?t a how-to on dieting. This is more how an entertainer, bordering on the outrageous, did it, a major weight loss, this once. I enjoyed the author?s over-the-top voice in this audiobook. It was a welcome change of pace from th...
  • Gretchen Rubin
    Aug 02, 2019
    I disagree with many of his conclusions and beliefs, but very much enjoyed the book?very funny, and a terrific portrait for how a Rebel can embrace habit change, to adopt a very specific way of eating. ...
  • Denise
    Mar 02, 2018
    Penn does Penn. He lost a lot of weight. He has lots of opinions. He knows lots of people. Just so happens I adore plain baked potatoes so I?m cool with a spud run. There are seeds of truth in the book, colder temps have been known to lift mood, the body needs potassium and most o...
  • Frank
    Jan 25, 2019
    I did not read Penn Jillette's PRESTO! to find out how to lose weight. That's not the point of this book. The point of this book is to read the story of how Penn Jillette lost somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred pounds in roughly three months time depending on how you wish to ...
  • Aubrey
    Jun 24, 2018
    I feel now, after reading this book, how I felt many years ago after reading The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health. I feel as if yet another veil has been lifted before my eye...
  • Daniel Roy
    Sep 17, 2016
    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 dieting/lifestyle book (which I did, silly me), you're gonna have a bad time. It's ...
  • Tom
    Aug 14, 2016
    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. But that's not really why anyone's buying this book, right? We all want to see how he...
  • Brita
    Oct 12, 2016
    This was the first book I read by Penn Jillette. It took me a few chapters to grow accustomed to his chaotic writing style. He often referred back to events covered in previous books, so I think I would follow the book better if I had read his other books. Regardless, this was a quick ...
  • ☺Trish
    Aug 29, 2017
    Enjoyed this memoir by Penn Jillette recounting his weight-loss journey from weighing over 300 lbs. (Wow, even at 6'7" that is heavy!) to reaching his goal of around 230 lbs. Happy for his success . . . Live long & prosper, Penn. ? ...
  • Wilton
    Nov 19, 2017
    To say this book is entertaining is almost a tautology. Of course it's entertaining, it's wtitten by a comic! It is far from a how-to book--a fact the author admits--but it is *so* much more. It is a fascinating affirmation of life and an inspirational sharing of a journey to health. A...
  • Mommacat
    Jun 06, 2016
    Carny, magician, comedian, writer and master bullshitter Penn Jillette has now written a book chronicling his massive weight loss of over 100 pounds in roughly 4 months. He then goes on to describe how he has kept the weight off for a year. He's healthy, and happy and still performing ...
  • Mediaman
    Dec 07, 2016
    This guy is crazy--he admits it and is proud of it but he shouldn't be. He's just nuts in how he thinks, his approach to life, his relationships, his denial of reality, and his weight loss. Nothing wrong with sharing your philosophy with the public, but this should have been a long mag...
  • Michael
    Apr 16, 2017
    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Problem was, I had some tablet issues, but once they were resolved I couldn't find the book anywhere. I did manage to find it and here is my review of Presto! If you're looking for a how to book on dieting ...
  • Matthew
    Nov 02, 2018
    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 big and charismatic presence ? everything he says is delivered with importance and gra...
  • Stewart Tame
    Jun 30, 2016
    I've been a fan of Penn & Teller for a long time now, since about the mid-80's or so. Penn's books serve as an extension of his personality, so I'm always happy when a new one comes out. He writes with the same honesty and swagger and intelligence as he speaks. It's always a deligh...
  • Don Gillette
    Dec 07, 2016
    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 to condense it for you in one sentence: "If you're pushing 300 pounds and you go on...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Aug 15, 2016
    I love Penn. I love that he's lost a bunch of weight and will be healthy and around longer. I love his funny anecdotes. I love his fiction. I love how he did some bug nutty stuff to lose weight. And I thought this book was really good. But amongst all his stuff perhaps this wasn't the ...
  • Ryan Michael
    Jun 17, 2018
    Maybe not the book for those looking for a dieting guide, but PJ knows how to tell a story and chronicles his journey of losing weight very well. I mostly read this book because I like reading his stuff, but to me, it was another example of different diets working for different people....
  • ~☆~Autumn♥♥
    Nov 27, 2016
    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 you had better avoid mushrooms. As someone mentioned in their review this diet prob...
  • Tanuki
    Jul 17, 2019
    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 established, some premature) to form a diet plan that successfully enabled Penn Jillette ...
  • James
    Jun 18, 2017
    Penn Jillette wrote this book with a lot of heart and soul. I sincerely congratulate him for finding the path to health that works for him and for doing his best to share that path with others. The book itself is, I imagine, like an extended conversation with Mr. Jillette. The struc...
  • Malcolm
    Aug 04, 2016
    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 weight loss he experienced had to be managed by a doctor or his medication might have kill...
  • Silvrix
    Jan 07, 2017
    Considering I lost a ton of weight after listening to Penn Jillette's podcast before this book even came out, it was obligatory reading. Classic Penn storytelling and jokes, but the subject matter is serious and I'm sure this book has saved lives. It certainly was a life changer for me...
  • Lowell
    Jul 30, 2018
    Penn has a lot of good things to say on the subject of his personal weight loss. He's funny, foul, and truthful *about this issue* in ways that are hard for most people to say. His snide political shit (he goes after both Trump and Hillary) got real old, real fast, because it wasn't...
  • Lee
    Feb 15, 2019
    Well, this book was nothing like I thought it would be. I looked at the title and the author and said "Hey, this must be about magic!" No, it is not. This is a book about weight loss. Well, as a skinny guy, I was not sure I would care but I ended up enjoying it. The audiobook is narrat...
  • JDK1962
    Oct 08, 2016
    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 writes, like Three Stooges shorts, wasn't meant to be consumed back-to-back. Well Penn, t...