Ricky Jay Has Died


Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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13 Responses

  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I have always loved the close up magicians. Big, splashy performances are, of course, spectacle, but the kind of sleight of hand that happens right under a persons nose, when they are looking for it, that’s skill and talent. And in a society where people get famous for a single talent, or just for being outrageous, magicians are an under-appreciated lot.

    Ricky Jay was one of the greats, I never tire of watching him work.Report

    • Avatar Troublesome Frog in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

      There’s really nothing I like better in magic than watching a master like him do a technique that I know well and, no matter how closely I look, I can’t see it. There’s something really beautiful about that. Anybody can fool you with a surprise you’ve never seen before, but with Ricky Jay you could say, “Here it comes…” and watch the hand you know is doing the dirty work and never actually catch it.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Well, I was going to write something about this, and have been going back and forth on YT mesmerized by his videos.

    Thank you, Sam.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Our family was friends for a number of years with an older magician and ventriloquist who had a million stories himself. One of his favorite books, which soon became one of mine too, was Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women. It’s an endlessly entertaining read.Report