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



I will start with one note. This is a memoir written by Penn Jillette about his weight loss, what he did, why he did what he did, and who was around him what he lost his weight. This is not a diet book. He even tells you throughout the book that he doesn’t understand the science behind the diet and he’s a Las Vegas magician so taking advice from him is dumb.

This was an interesting read, but that could be coming from the fact that I love Penn and Teller since I was a child. I grew up watching them on t.v. and have always wanted to see the life but have never my way to Las Vegas. It’s a tad far for a Montrealer to go for one show… yea Las Vegas doesn’t interest me much.

The science behind the diet he did was known techniques that were just taken to the extreme. He performs a mono-diet to reset his taste buds. You can do this too, to a smaller effect. If you as cream and sugar to your tea or coffee, stop for 2 weeks and try to go back… you can’t I know I’ve tried, it just tastes weird. Next part was extreme intermittent fasting. Google it, there is a lot of information on it.

What I found the most interesting was the people around him and the interesting stories he had about his friends, as well as his journey.

Penn keeps referring to a book that I looked up and can find no reference for. I did find a kick starter for the broken plate by Cronise, however, there hasn’t been any activity on it for years and people are a tad miffed. But I digress.

I really enjoyed this book for what it was, a memoir of Penn Jillette. If you like memoirs them you’ll enjoy this stroll down an insane 3 months.


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