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10 Responses to “Documentary about magician Ricky Jay”

  1. Joe Holmes says:

    I saw the film at the New York Film Festival and it’s fantastic — not just another rehash of all his tricks and card throwing (though there’s plenty of that), but a deep look into his mentors and upbringing and history. It’s a rich and moving film. Can’t wait to see it again!

  2. welcomeabored says:

    Although it was listed last, I think of Ricky Jay as an actor first and pretty convincing. Only later would I hear of his primary occupations.  I look forward to this film.

  3. daemonsquire says:

    I was hired, a few years back, to paint his name onto a really cool old magician’s poster a friend of his gave him for his birthday.

  4. noah django says:

    as a teen, I found a copy of his book Cards as Weapons somewhere.  I’m not sure where my copy went, but I remember it as a fascinating book full of strange illustrations, clip art, fiction, tall tales, memoir, and instruction all blurred together by a hit of really good hash that Jay had taken a decade prior and had let marinate before exhaling it onto the pages of his manuscript.  every now and then I’ll fire off a few cards across the room, with middling-to-poor results.

    • grimc says:

      I found a pdf of it some years ago. My results are basically a game of 52 Pick Up.

      • Brainspore says:

        I think I’d probably have more luck trying to mimic what Gambit can do with a pack of cards than I would trying to mimic Ricky Jay.

  5. MooseDesign says:

    He also starred in a really fun episode of the X-Files centered around a magic act.

  6. Brainspore says:

    It’s no longer in print, but I also highly recommend his book Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women of you can track down a copy.

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