Magician Penn Jillette Goes Vegan for the Animals

Jillette—of Penn & Teller fame—celebrated his first vegan Thanksgiving this year after ditching all animal products for ethical reasons. 


Celebrity magician Penn Jillette celebrated his first vegan Thanksgiving this year. The magician has been following a plant-based diet for several years, which he credits for losing more than 100 pounds—a journey documented in his 2016 book Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales. However, Jillette took to Twitter during the Thanksgiving weekend to explain that he had recently adopted a more ethical understanding of veganism. “Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all. This will be my first one that’s cruelty-free,” Jillette tweeted. “Not just vegan for health anymore … this is not a holiday of healthful eating anyways [sic].” On Thanksgiving day, Jillette consumed his vegan meal prior to taking the stage at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas to perform his long-running “Penn & Teller” show alongside fellow magician Raymond Joseph Teller.

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