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

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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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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: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Simple cute tricks even I can do. Even if you do not plan on doing the tricks the book is still great because of the humor and they reveal how they performed some of their tricks on TV. I literally laughed out loud in several places. Don't think of this as a "how to do magic tricks", it sort of is but get it for fun stunts and tricks you can play on your friends...and the humor. I have the "How to Play in Traffic" also but I think this one is better. Both are great. These guys would be great to hang around with just to hear their stories. You might not want to do the "poke your eye out" trick around old or feeble people, it could give them a heart attack...but if you didn't like them anyway....never mind.
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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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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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If you enjoy Penn's sarcastic, caustic wit you'll enjoy this book. It contains lots of easy to do "tricks" you can entertain friends with. He presents the tricks in some cases as ways to scam your friends, but you can play the same tricks without scamming them. (Example -- the free meal trick described can be turned into a nice piece of fun by disclosing the trick at the end of the meal.) And by easy, I mean that some of the tricks require no skill, such as sleight of hand. One just has to follow the trick set up rules. As usual, some of the tricks are outrageous -- like the bloody spaghetti trick.
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Well... with his demented twist on things.. funny little pranks and tricks to play on your friends, written in his cool, very funny way. Penns a great storyteller, Paints a bright psyhadelic picture that will have you roaring!
the fortune cookie was hilarious!
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