The great Ricky Jay was the magician’s magician

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RJ made Gambit look like a poseur.

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Ricky Jay was a hero of mine, the finest artist with cards living, and an encyclopedia of information on magic, trickery, stagecraft, and circus freaks. One of my favorite videos of him is this card trick, with not a word said, no camera cuts, no music, just baffling artistry.

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Okay, that really is the limit. George Whatever Bush the Whatever was an utterly replaceable tedious conservadroid apparatchik and accidental president.

Ricky Jay actually mattered to this world.

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Not only was he a magician but he was a widely respected historian. A practical historian, if you will:

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Whoa, how the hell did i miss news that he passed way?

Won’t say the news is shocking but it definitely sucks. He was the best card technician ever, if not one of the best. He will be missed

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You can always bookmark this topic…

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“worth” =/= “listed on amazon at” alas

Also a Bond villain (well, Bond villain’s henchman).

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I can’t hear someone say “nevertheless” without thinking of Ricky Jay and smiling a little, then feeling a bit bad for what “Helen Forrest” had to endure.

From Cards As Weapons

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His performance in Merchants of Doubt was really great!
https://g.co/kgs/Y7VNVb

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Man. This sucks. He was a talented human being and always came across as an all-around good guy.

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Another clip of Ricky Jay calmly and assuredly being amazing with the Cups & Balls routine. Starts off huckstery, gets steadily more impressive, and the end will blow your mind.

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I’m so glad I took the opportunity to see Ricky Jay a year or two ago when he came to the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair and talked about the history of magic in books, magazines, and posters. The man was encyclopedic.

Wished I had shared the mat with him when he still did aikido and the documentary on him, http://www.rickyjaymovie.com, is a fine introduction to this multi-talented extraordinary man.

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Rest well, Amazing Maleeni.

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Adam Savage and his Tested cohorts discuss the passing of Ricky Jay on their Still Untitled podcast today.

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In one of the deleted scene of the film, Gupta throws some playing cards at a wall and they stick to it, which shows Gupta can partly fight. In another deleted scene when Bond was shooting up the place, Gupta tries to throw a card at Bond, but misses and hits a henchman instead.

There was a missed opportunity.

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http://nyquil.org/uploads/CARDS_AS_WEAPONS.PDF

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