Watch Ricky Jay's wonderful "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" TV special from 1989


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It feels like this is supposed to include a link to somewhere to watch this.


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Only a senior member of the Magic Circle may view the historical documents…


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Here’s the video.


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His book of the same title is great reading.


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Yeeeee! Ricky Jay and the Uncanny Valley…


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Ricky Jay is such a damn excellent showman. Watching his specials are always a treat, would really be something to have seen him perform in person.


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Holy crap! I loved this TV special as a kid, and only saw it once! I wondered for years if I’d actually seen what I had seen, because although “Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women” got me hooked on Ricky Jay, whenever he’d pop up again he was just playing a magician/hustler. I was unsure if I was mistaking him for an actor who got typecast as a magician, or if he was an actual magician. Hey! It’s Ricky Jay on an episode of “X-Files”! There he is again on “House of Games”! All be darned, Ricky got into both “The Prestige” AND “The Illusionist”. That’ll confuse everybody for years. . . .


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He also was in the David Mamet film Red Belt, which I liked.

Had a copy of Cards as Weapons when I was in high school. Nice to finally see the master at work.


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He’s in a lot (most?) of Mamet’s movies.


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