I published a note on the magician Ricky Jay ten years ago and I’m sorry to say that he died two days ago.
Few would take issue with the fact that Ricky Jay was the greatest sleight of hand magician of all time. He was not only a great magician but he was a great historian and story-teller and his magic was usually accompanied by stories of the great magicians of yesteryear who invented the tricks he was doing.
Here’s the full David Mamet piece: Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants:
You can find out takes of this performance on YouTube with individual tricks in it as well.
I’ve been a fan of Ricky Jay’s for a long time and I’m going to miss him.