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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Penn Jillette

Narrated By: Penn Jillette

Publisher: Novel Audio

Date: August 2016

Duration: 9 hours 34 minutes


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.


  • 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

  • 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.

  • Thomas Abbott

    Good listen!

  • Mark Juell

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

  • 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.

  • Josh Barrett

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

  • 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.