Ricky Jay (1948-2018)

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Ricky Jay (1948-2018)

#1 Post by Never Cursed » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:52 pm

Verified people on Twitter are saying that Ricky Jay has passed, though I can't find any obits yet

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#2 Post by domino harvey » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:12 pm

Damn, always entertaining and a vast fount of knowledge on all manner of antiquated and obscure minutae. I loved how he had a working expertise in both high and low forms of magic and trickery, the latter of which is featured quite nicely in this clip from his BBC special

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#3 Post by mfunk9786 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:14 pm

I have a friend who is a high end bookseller who said that Jay was a delightful regular client and a very decent guy all-around. If something up his alley came in they'd always reach out to him first and always receive a polite response one way or the other. And just as a fan of course, I found him incredible. RIP.

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#5 Post by Dead or Deader » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:10 am

Ricky Jay narrated a series of Cisco ads that were directed by Errol Morris that are posted on Morris site.


A magnificent trickster who was a welcoming presence in many films.

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Re: Ricky Jay (1948-2018)

#6 Post by domino harvey » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:15 am

The only good Christmas gift I've ever found for my dad was Jay's curated collection of poker-related songs that came with an exclusive DVD of Jay performing tricks for some friends (I think I saw this up on YouTube when I was looking for the clip I posted). Of course, his great stage show Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants was filmed for HBO as an hour-long special by none other than David Mamet, and this too appears to be up on YouTube in bits and pieces

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#7 Post by bearcuborg » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:55 am

Catching that HBO show on TV back in the day was impossible to turn off...here’s hoping that comes out again.

I caught him in Chicago about 10yrs ago doing his Rogue show at Royal George Theatre Center. The bulk of the performance had a large degree of randomness because the audience suggested the things he would do and discuss. I can’t think of any other magician who would do that kind of show.

Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women: Unique, Eccentric and Amazing Entertainers - is a fantastic read.

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Re: Ricky Jay (1948-2018)

#8 Post by denti alligator » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:20 am

Saw him in NYC about 10 years ago. One of the great performers of all time. I cherish my inscribed copy of his Curiosities book. It's sad that the brilliant 52 Assistants show remains unavailable in high quality. Seemed to me to be a no-brainer as an extra for any of the Mamet CC releases, but no...

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