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Penn and Teller's How to Play with Your Food Paperback – November 18, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books; First Printing edition (November 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679743111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679743118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Comic duo Penn & Teller (200,000 copies sold of Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends ) share a wealth of characteristically twisted tricks involving edibles in this maliciously funny book. Anyone wishing to tie a cherry stem with one's tongue or surreptitiously steal an appetizer from a dining companion's plate would do well to study this invaluable text. Written in the voice of the large, ponytailed Penn--the smaller, balder Teller never speaks--this volume divulges bizarre uses for coffee-creamer containers; offers a fake recipe for "Swedish Lemon Angels" that creates a frothing "volcano" by blending reactive ingredients; and debunks a popular magician's ploy by explaining how to bend spoons and move plates through "psychokinesis." Several card tricks here require the collusion of restaurant staff, and thus may be hard to achieve without shelling out healthy tips. Not to worry, though--plenty of other sick games await those who prefer affordable (not to say cheap) gags. Step-by-step photos show the authors hamming and scamming, and props such as a phony fortune cookie message ("The chef spit in your food") are included. The primary lessons here: keep your eyes on your plate, and always request separate checks. 100,000 first printing; BOMC selection; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I couldn't put this book down and laughed my wife awake.
Jason Hill (hillsfam@trilobyte.net)
Very entertaining book, The tricks are fantastic, and the stories are evens better.
j stevens
If you enjoy Penn's sarcastic, caustic wit you'll enjoy this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Al Kihano on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Penn & Teller take their stage personas to the print medium, and it works superbly. Penn is just as loud as ever, and Teller (seen in many of the photos) wears his trademark blank smile.
Most books on magic and ``tricks'' tend to be frustratingly dull, but the lively prose, scrumptious humour and fine photos and illustration make this one a pleasure to read.
This magic book also has the virtue of presenting several tricks that are easy to perform--if you want to learn two or three very funny and fun tricks table gags that require almost zero practice, this is the book to get.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hill (hillsfam@trilobyte.net) on November 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
Everything from de-bunking spoon bending to "The parsley game" ( you need to read to know..). Highly recommended for those interested in magic or just want to poke their eye out with a fork. I couldn't put this book down and laughed my wife awake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1997
Format: Paperback
I learned of this book when Penn & Teller appeared on the Larry King show to shamelessly plug it, and my life hasn't been the same since. (I learned every trick in the book, and as it warns, people think I'm *really* a kook.)

This book contains lots of fun, disturbing, money-making, and just plain gross tricks involving food. Learn how to poke a fork in your eye and make it spurt white glop! Do a card trick that will make you feel like James Bond! Learn what it's like to shoot melons with high-powered rifles! Make a pickle glow by literally plugging it into a power socket!

But, a word of warning: a few of the tricks in the book are a little on the dangerous side, meaning that you might get hurt if something goes wrong, or if your conned "friend" gets wise as to how you psychically guessed what he was going to order for dinner.

Overall, this book is a great read, lots of messy fun, well worth giving up your hard earned money to line Penn & Teller's pockets.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
everybody loves humor, everybody loves food, and, well, there are creeps who don't like penn & teller, but this if one of the funniest things i've ever read, i learned every trick in the book and life is neeeeeever boring. the two best parts, in my opinion: teller's bit on the great egg drop and penn's story of a milkshake as self-defense. worth every penny.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Got this book a couple of years ago, and spent a weekend trying NOT to die laughing reading it! Some of the tricks in here were absolutely wonderful. I'll never look at jello molds the same way again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vlperry@odin.cmp.ilstu.edu on April 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Penn & Teller's How to Play With Your Food includes not only dozens of entertaining and minimally-harmful tricks to be performed at home or in restaurants, it also includes some of the great secrets of Houdini and a strong debunking (always fun) of Uri Geller. These guys should change their job title to "magic historians." Also shows you how to remove Dave Letterman's watch from the belly of a fish--some great behind-the-scenes looks at some of the stuff they've actually done on TV and on tour. Witty and engaging, the narrative is easily as much fun as a live performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1997
Format: Paperback
Penn & Teller's "How To Play With Your Food" is a must have for any practicle jokster. From even the simplest tricks, like how to poke your eye out with a fork, to the elaborate "Transporting Davidletterman's Watch into A Fish." This book is a riot to even read when you can imagine you friends squirming at the "Bleeding Gelitan Heart Dessert" to the comical rammerings you might get when you open "The Lie in Your Lunchbox." The one thing that is recommened if you decide to preform any of these tricks is to keep the book hidden and alos look at the NPD rule as you will read in this fine book. "How To Play With Your Food" has the same style as their other hit "Cruel Tricks For Dear Friends." When I talked to Teller in Vegas after a preformance that they did he mentioned that they are working on a new book called "How To Play On The Freeway." Over all this book is great even if you don't preform the tricks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JR on April 4, 2010
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This is certainly one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. The book is filled with pranks, tricks, and funny anecdotes of Penn and Teller's life experiences. A few of the reviews I've read lamented at the used version of the book they bought not having a bag of tricks that comes with the book. In my opinion though this is hardly reason to complain. It only affects about 3 of the tricks in the book and of those only 2 of them can't be overcome with a little ingenuity from the reader. The only one that may be problematic is the one trick involving a Kevlar sugar packet. Either way all three of these tricks are extremely enjoyable anyway and certainly worth the money for the book. All of the tricks in the book are quite enjoyable its difficult to pick out a favorite.
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