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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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Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette is an Emmy-winning, New York Times bestselling author, whose live stage show, along with silent partner Teller, has been a long-running hit in Las Vegas, as well as on Broadway and on sold-out tours. On TV, he is the co-host of The hit CW series, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us!" and has made dozens of guest appearances on shows ranging from "Modern Family" and "Friends" to "The Simpsons" and "Scorpion."

His latest book, "Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales," hysterically chronicles his unconventional weight loss journey. Topping 330 pounds and landing himself in the hospital, Jillette knew he had to make a lifestyle change. A rollicking read, "Presto!" is brimming with Jillette's biting humor and trademark skepticism detailing his weight loss of over 100 pounds.

Jillette is a frequent contributor to the Op/Ed pages of Los Angeles Times, CNN.com and The Wall Street Journal, as well as a pundit on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.



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