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Humorist and magician Penn Jillette to visit Naperville

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With his big, bold presence, humor and ability to tackle ideas head-on, Penn Jillette will present his interpretation of the Ten Commandments followed by a book signing on the North Central College Campus hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Jillette is an American magician, comedian, and author, and is the talking half of Penn & Teller.  Jillette began his career as a juggler, graduating from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and in 1981 he teamed up with his friend Teller for a famous off-Broadway show.  Until 2010, Penn & Teller hosted the popular Showtime television show Penn & Teller: Bull***t! in which they debunked popular misconceptions or pseudo-scientific beliefs.

Beginning at 7PM on Thurs., June 7, Jillette will discuss his book, God, NO!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, newly released in paperback.  The public is invited to meet the renowned magician at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth, on the campus of North Central College, in Naperville.

Admission tickets are included with the purchase of the author’s new book from Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville (630-355-2665).

About the Book

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes God, NO! a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world. In this rollicking yet honest account of a godless existence, Penn takes readers on a roller coaster of exploration and flips conventional religious wisdom on its ear to reveal that doubt, skepticism, and wonder — all signs of a general feeling of disbelief — are to be celebrated and cherished, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way. From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an on-going dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Jillette’s self-created Decalogue invites his reader on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking.

For more information visit www.andersonsbookshop.com.

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