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'''Ricky Jay''' (born
'''Ricky Jay''' (born Jay Potashwas an American stage magician, actor, and writer. He is considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled sleight-of-hand experts in the United States. He is notable for his signature card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter.
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|Born||Richard Jay Potash|
January 1, 1948
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||November 24 2018 (age 70) |
|Categories||Books by Ricky Jay|
Ricky Jay (1948-2018), born Richaitrd Jay Potash, was an American stage magician, actor, and writer. He is considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled sleight-of-hand experts in the United States. He is notable for his signature card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter.
Jay was born in Brooklyn, New York to a middle class Jewish family. His grandfather, Max Katz, was a well-to-do certified public accountant and amateur magician who introduced Jay to the profession.
At least two of his shows, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem, were directed by David Mamet, who has also cast Jay in a number of his films. Jay has appeared in productions by other directors, notably Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights and Magnolia, as well as The Prestige and season one of HBO's Deadwood as card sharp Eddie Sawyer.
Until recently, Jay was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for throwing a playing card 190 ft at 90 miles per hour (the current record is 216 ft, by Rick Smith, Jr.). Ricky Jay can throw a playing card into a watermelon rind (which he refers to as the "thick, pachydermatous outer melon layer" of "the most prodigious of household fruits") from ten paces.
Jay created a consulting firm, Deceptive Practices, which provides "arcane knowledge on a need-to-know basis." His firm's clients are often within the stage, television, and film industries. He has worked with libraries and museums on their collections, including the Mulholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts and the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, California.
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (October 26, 1970)* Saturday Night Live (1977)
- Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women - 1 hour special for American TV (1989)
- Simon Drake's Secret Cabaret (UK)
- Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants - 1 hour version of his Off-Broadway show, taped for HBO (1996)
- X Files - The Amazing Maleeni (2000)
- Hustlers, Hoaxsters, Pranksters, Jokesters and Ricky Jay (1996)
- MythBusters - Episode 20, "Exploding Jawbreaker, Static Cannon, Deadly Playing Cards." Ricky demonstrated card throwing, and the speed of his throws was clocked. (2003)
- Deadwood (2004)
- Tales From The Crypt (Unknown)
- The Unit (2007)
- House of Games (1987)
- Things Change (1988)
- Homicide (1991)
- The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (1995) (TV)
- The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- Magnolia (1999)
- Mystery Men (1999)
- State and Main (2000)
- Heist (2001)
- Heartbreakers (2001)
- Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
- Last Days (2005)
- The Prestige (2006)
- Redbelt (2008)
When not performing, Ricky Jay collects rare books and artifacts. He is the author of several books:
- Cards as Weapons (1977)
- Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women (1986)
- Many Mysteries Unraveled; or Conjuring Literature in America, 1786-1874 (1990)
- Jay's Journal of Anomalies (2001)
- Dice: Deception, Fate, and Rotten Luck (2002)
- Extraordinary Exhibitions: The Wonderful Remains of an Enormous Head, The Whimsiphusicon and Death to the Savage Unitarians - a collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century broadsides. (2005)
- Ricky Jay Plays Poker (Audio CD 2006)
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- The Linking Ring, Vol. 36, No. 3, May 1956, Ricky Potash on TV when 7 years old, page 126
- Genii Magazine, Vol. 65, No. 7, July 2002, The Root of All Entertainment, Ricky Jay On the Stem, by Scott Wells, page 53
- Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Potash, Ricky = Ricky Jay; Tricky Ricky, USA Zauberkünstler; Zauberkunst-Fachschriftsteller (*1948), page 267