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Jay (né Jonathan) Sankey was born in 1963 in Montreal, Canada, and moved to Toronto with his family (mother, father, brother Christopher and sister Gretchen) soon after. He began exploring magic at the age of 14 and, during his "formative" years, was educated in the performing side of the art through children’s shows, restaurant magic, and walkaround corporate events. [[Image:Jay_Sankey_Headshot.jpg|thumb|150px|Jay Sankey]]
 
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Jay (né Jonathan) Sankey was born in 1963 in Montreal, Canada, and moved to Toronto with his family (mother, father, brother Christopher and sister Gretchen) soon after. He began exploring magic at the age of 14 and, during his "formative" years, was educated in the performing side of the art through children’s shows, restaurant magic, and walkaround corporate events.
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At the age of 19, Sankey sent an introductory letter and videotape to [[Richard Kaufman]] featuring some of his original ideas (including his now seminal coin sleight, “HPC-CPH”), which resulted in a double one-man issue of [[Richard's Almanac]] (Issue 5/6, January-February, 1983). The contents generated buzz among magic’s cognoscenti, and before long, Sankey was invited to perform and/or lecture at prestigious gatherings such as [[Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic]], Close Encounters, and [[The New York Magic Symposium]]. In addition, he began writing a series of columns on magic theory for [[The Magic Manuscript]].
 
At the age of 19, Sankey sent an introductory letter and videotape to [[Richard Kaufman]] featuring some of his original ideas (including his now seminal coin sleight, “HPC-CPH”), which resulted in a double one-man issue of [[Richard's Almanac]] (Issue 5/6, January-February, 1983). The contents generated buzz among magic’s cognoscenti, and before long, Sankey was invited to perform and/or lecture at prestigious gatherings such as [[Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic]], Close Encounters, and [[The New York Magic Symposium]]. In addition, he began writing a series of columns on magic theory for [[The Magic Manuscript]].
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== Books by and/or About Jay Sankey ==
 
== Books by and/or About Jay Sankey ==
 
 
*(1986) [[Sankey Panky]] by [[Richard Kaufman]] ([[Kaufman and Greenberg]])
 
*(1986) [[Sankey Panky]] by [[Richard Kaufman]] ([[Kaufman and Greenberg]])
 
*(1987) [[When Creators Collide]] (with [[Richard Sanders]]) ([[Ben Harris Magic]])
 
*(1987) [[When Creators Collide]] (with [[Richard Sanders]]) ([[Ben Harris Magic]])
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== Books to Which Jay Sankey Has Contributed ==
 
== Books to Which Jay Sankey Has Contributed ==
 
 
*(1983) [[The New York Magic Symposium Close-Up/Stage Collection Two]] by [[Richard Kaufman]] ([[The New York Magic Symposium]]). “Transfusion (Mono),” “Transfusion (Stereo)”
 
*(1983) [[The New York Magic Symposium Close-Up/Stage Collection Two]] by [[Richard Kaufman]] ([[The New York Magic Symposium]]). “Transfusion (Mono),” “Transfusion (Stereo)”
 
*(1984) [[Close-Up Seductions]] by [[Paul Harris]] ([[D. Robbins and Co.]]). “10”
 
*(1984) [[Close-Up Seductions]] by [[Paul Harris]] ([[D. Robbins and Co.]]). “10”
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== Marketed Tricks by Jay Sankey ==
 
== Marketed Tricks by Jay Sankey ==
 
 
*[[3 Ring Circus]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
 
*[[3 Ring Circus]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
 
*[[About Face]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
 
*[[About Face]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
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== DVDs by Jay Sankey (Multiple Routines) ==
 
== DVDs by Jay Sankey (Multiple Routines) ==
 
 
*[[45]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
 
*[[45]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
 
*[[22 Blows To The Head]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
 
*[[22 Blows To The Head]] ([[Sankey Magic]])
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== Lecture Notes Tricks by Jay Sankey (1982 to Present) ==
 
== Lecture Notes Tricks by Jay Sankey (1982 to Present) ==
 
 
*[[Crossroads]] (with [[David Acer]])
 
*[[Crossroads]] (with [[David Acer]])
 
*[[Material Fiction]]
 
*[[Material Fiction]]
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== Video Links (Magic) ==
 
== Video Links (Magic) ==
 
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEh2BeQRnv0 Jay Performs In a Flash]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEh2BeQRnv0 Jay Performs In a Flash]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfBsDD9JaBk Spellz]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfBsDD9JaBk Spellz]
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== Video Links (Comedy) ==
 
== Video Links (Comedy) ==
 
 
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== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
 
*[http://www.sankeymagic.com Sankey Magic Website]
 
*[http://www.sankeymagic.com Sankey Magic Website]
  
 
[[Category:Biographies|Sankey,Jay]]
 
[[Category:Biographies|Sankey,Jay]]
 
[[Category:Canadian magicians|Sankey]]
 
[[Category:Canadian magicians|Sankey]]

Revision as of 19:12, 6 December 2009

Jay (né Jonathan) Sankey was born in 1963 in Montreal, Canada, and moved to Toronto with his family (mother, father, brother Christopher and sister Gretchen) soon after. He began exploring magic at the age of 14 and, during his "formative" years, was educated in the performing side of the art through children’s shows, restaurant magic, and walkaround corporate events.
Jay Sankey

At the age of 19, Sankey sent an introductory letter and videotape to Richard Kaufman featuring some of his original ideas (including his now seminal coin sleight, “HPC-CPH”), which resulted in a double one-man issue of Richard's Almanac (Issue 5/6, January-February, 1983). The contents generated buzz among magic’s cognoscenti, and before long, Sankey was invited to perform and/or lecture at prestigious gatherings such as Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic, Close Encounters, and The New York Magic Symposium. In addition, he began writing a series of columns on magic theory for The Magic Manuscript.

In 1986, Sankey Panky was published, the first of two large collections of Sankey’s magic written by Richard Kaufman (the second, 100% Sankey, came out in 1990). Material for a third book had also been collected by Kaufman, but was eventually transferred to Gabe Fajuri, written up by Jon Racherbaumer, illustrated by Earle Oakes, and published by Squash Publishing in 2004 as Sankey Unleashed.

In 1990, Sankey began experimenting with stand-up comedy, a parallel career that quickly took root, forcing him to divert much of his creative energy from magic. The investment resulted in a one-man special for CBC as part of their Comics! series, a one-man special for Bravo based on his Fringe Festival show, Contents Under Pressure, and a CD on the Attic label called Odd Little Man. In addition, Sankey wrote a benchmark book called Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy, described on the back cover as, “an insider’s look that explains stand-up from the ground up.” The book, published by Routledge in New York, quickly sold out of its first printing, and two years later was joined by a sequel - Zen and the Art of the Monologue (Routledge, 2000).

Jay Sankey & Bridget Hall Co-Host "Spellz"

At the start of the new millennium, Sankey turned his attention back to magic and released a handful of tricks through Hampton Ridge (e.g., Measle Deck), then Elmwood Magic (e.g., The Big Finish, One Car Garage, Chain Reaction) before forming a company, Sankey Magic, dedicated to manufacturing and distributing his own creations. More recently, he co-developed (with magician David Peck) and began co-hosting (with actress Bridget Hall) a television series called Spellz, devoted to teaching children about the art of magic. The series is going into its third season and airs exclusively on a regional Canadian network, TV Ontario. Seasons I and II are now available on DVD.

Sankey also recently contributed material to Criss Angel: Mindfreak, and is currently a columnist for M.U.M. magazine.

Books by and/or About Jay Sankey

Books to Which Jay Sankey Has Contributed

Marketed Tricks by Jay Sankey

DVDs by Jay Sankey (Multiple Routines)

Lecture Notes Tricks by Jay Sankey (1982 to Present)

Video Links (Magic)

Video Links (Comedy)

Jay Sankey in Genii

External Links