Sign up Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
Gareth

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 788
Reply with quote  #1 
I was considering and reading through Paul Hallas's 'funniest routines' thread and deciding what is the funniest routine of performance I've seen or watched and Mr Jay's 52 assistants (specifically the signed card routine) came immediately to mind. As this doesn't really fit on that thread I decided to post here.

I'd be confident that all here would have seen this at some point in time. If you haven't find an hour in your day sit back and enjoy what, to me, is the the most enjoyable performance of the art of magic.

Youtube, as is pertains to magic, gets a bad rap (and most often rightly so) but its one saving grace is that you can find the full performance of 52 assistants on it. 

"because 9 equals 14 in the mysterious triangle of Eiclon!", (I'm considering this for my grave-stone) and "This rabbit will find your card...or die."[rofl]

History, variety, incredible story telling, prose and narrative and a performance of the highest calibre and comedic talent of a type rarely seen.

As a point of interest I assume that some of the members of the audience are recognisable magi or celebrity. Does anyone know the names of some of these folks?

Gareth



PS have seen Deceptive Practices on Netflix, enjoyed that immensely too.
0
viamagus

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 60
Reply with quote  #2 
Ricky Jay deliver those lines with such confidence and seriousness that it just makes it a lot more funny than it should be. Ricky Jay is without a doubt (in my mind at least) one of the greatest performers of our time
0
Craig Alan

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 92
Reply with quote  #3 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gareth


As a point of interest I assume that some of the members of the audience are recognisable magi or celebrity. Does anyone know the names of some of these folks?



Marion Ross is in the audience  [smile]
1
Tom G

Inner Circle - Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 876
Reply with quote  #4 
I was lucky enough to see this live in Boston quite a while ago.  Some of his lines in his cups and balls routine are pretty funny.  The real show is longer than the HBO special that was released.
0
Mike Powers

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,664
Reply with quote  #5 
I was lucky enough to see the show live at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago years ago. Fantastic! I think that the direction of David Mamet had a lot to do with the quality of the show. And, yes, Ricky Jay's abilities as a performer are unparalleled. 

Mike
0
Claudio

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 283
Reply with quote  #6 
I saw Ricky Jay's show in the Old Vic theatre in London, UK. Wonderful magician and story teller.
0
Gareth

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 788
Reply with quote  #7 
at 36:32 i wondered if the chap in the blue hawaiian shirt was Pit Hartling. And then perhaps 4 or 5 seats further along is Michael Ammar? I feel like I recognise the younger gent in the beige jacket that picked the jack of diamonds at 25:39.
0
Charlie

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 270
Reply with quote  #8 
Is ricky jay as good as people say?
0
Tom G

Inner Circle - Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 876
Reply with quote  #9 
I would say so.  If you have the time watch the video above, just make it full screen.
0
Gareth

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 788
Reply with quote  #10 
Is he not as good as people say Charlie?
0
Gareth

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 788
Reply with quote  #11 
Harry Lorayne published a card to wallet effect with a mechanical bird (Marvin) in Reputation-Makers (1971) much of which echoes in Mr Jay's signed card routine in 52 assistants.
0
Liam57

Member
Registered:
Posts: 28
Reply with quote  #12 
I remember watching this when I first took up magic earlier this year, absolutely love the performance. 
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.