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Gareth

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Just read on Jason Ladanye’s IG of Mr Jay’s passing.

A true master. Such sad news. As I’ve mentioned on the forum before I’ve lost count of the times I’ve watched his special. It lead me to find Vernon and Miller. Was the first time I saw Vernon’s aces from Harry’s CUCM.

Sad day. Condolences to his loved ones.

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Just saw this on Michael Weber’s Twitter feed.
What a loss of a great magician and writer.
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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1993/04/05/secrets-of-the-magus


“I know some people find this strange and weird,” Jay said. “Actually, after this life I’ve lived, I have no idea what is strange and weird and what isn’t. I don’t know who else waxes poetic about the virtues of skeleton men, fasting impostors, and cannonball catchers. And, to be honest, I don’t really care. I just think they’re wonderful. I really do.”

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Well goddamnit so much. Ricky was a favorite of mine. A hero of sorts. [frown] 

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Sad news indeed. He was one of a kind.
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One of a kind. An absolute legend. So much talent as a magician, as a writer, as an historian, as an actor. So sad he has left us.
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Indeed, very sad news. I was lucky to have seen him last year at DePaul University in Chicago. He was somewhat debilitated and unable to perform anything except a self-working bill change. Almost got to meet him but he wasn't feeling well.

Another legend gone.

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         Just saw this. Oh my God!!!  It's been a decade or two but we spent much time together. Difficult for me to talk now.....
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       Ricky used my Spread Control for five cards quite often - as he does here.  We discussed this a number of times - I always use it for three cards only.
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Thanks for posting the video link Robin.  One can see why Ricky Jay was the master.  Not only was his card handling impeccable, but his dramatic presentation was superb.  This video alone is a master class in magic performance.  I was fortunate enough to see Mr Jay in Toronto for a one night performance.  Michael Weber was his assistant.  One performance was enough to inspire magic for a lifetime.  Be at rest Mr Jay.  
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A number of years ago RJ was going to perform 52 Assistants in Cambridge, MA for one night.  So I called David Roth who said to stick around after the show.  We had David Mamet sitting in front of us so we knew then the distant thought of meeting RJ was out.  But after the show, David came out and chatted, said Ricky was tied up with Mamet but would sign our stuff.  David was back in a few minutes with our items all signed.  Fantastic show, there were plans to finally bring it to DVD, but haven't seen it yet.  I believe the whole HBO special is on Youtube. The live show went over an hour, I believe the HBO special was an hour.  Well worth the watch, as Ian mentioned a master class in magic performance.
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Several people PMed me regarding my somewhat recent experience with Ricky Jay. Here's the deal:

Peter Steeves is a philosophy prof at DePaul U in Chicago. He's also a fan of magic. He has hired me four or five times to perform some magic for his Epistemology class on their last day. He uses a chapter from Spell of the Sensuous called "The Ecology of Magic" in the class. And, of course, magic is an interesting topic in a class that deals with the question, "how do we know things." The purpose isn't to think about or discuss methods. It's really just entertainment. It's a reward for their hard work. 

Peter called me up and told me that he was bringing Ricky to DePaul to speak and invited my wife and me to come. We got front row seats and a possibility of meeting Ricky after the talk. That didn't materialize but the talk was great. When we arrived for the talk I asked Peter if Ricky was going to perform. He told me that he had some issues with his hand (wrist?) and that he wasn't sure if he would perform. Ricky was going to signal Peter near the end of the talk to let him know whether or not it was OK to ask him to perform. As it turned out, the signal was given and Peter asked if Ricky would perform. I was hoping for some heavy work, but I think that wasn't possible given the condition of his hands. He did some sort of self working paper to $100 bill bit.

It was clear that he was not in good health. He moved slowly and limped around. Also his physical appearance e.g. skin didn't look good. It was clear he wasn't in good health. But I don't know what medical problems he had other than with his hands. 

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The person I sent this to pointed out that his hand condition could be due to diabetes. That sounds very likely given Ricky's weight. Obesity often leads to diabetes which can result in numbness in the extremities. 

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As I age (I'll be 72 in January) I realize that things like carpel tunnel or numbness may visit my hands. I am experiencing cramping in my left hand if I play guitar or perform magic for more than three hours or so. As Bette Davis said, "Old age ain't no place for sissies!" So I try to "carpe diem" as much as possible. 

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Ricky Jay was a consummate performer, weaving a hypnotic thread around his miracles as no other performer has.  Such a loss to the magic community as his health deteriorated in recent years.  So memorable, he.  I love the card reveal he did by interlacing the two half-decks at the corner, then letting the cards waterfall from his left hand to his right, ending with the selected card displayed after all the others have fallen away.  RIP

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Hello guys. I’ve been out all day (shopping — what else?) and just heard this tragic news. Your posts provide wonderful testimony to the impact Ricky Jay had on so many people — as a magician, philosopher, and actor. Who hasn’t been inspired by his theatrical performances on “52 Assistants”? Mike, that was a great story — I never had a chance to see him in person and that must have been quite an experience. Life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good; tonight I’m going to once again watch “Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants”. I know we will all miss him....johnny
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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1993/04/05/secrets-of-the-magus


“I know some people find this strange and weird,” Jay said. “Actually, after this life I’ve lived, I have no idea what is strange and weird and what isn’t. I don’t know who else waxes poetic about the virtues of skeleton men, fasting impostors, and cannonball catchers. And, to be honest, I don’t really care. I just think they’re wonderful. I really do.”


Great post X.

Love that Newyorker article, thanks.

Johnny I’ll be doing the same tonight. And his Depective Practices special on Netflix.

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