Ricky Jay has died aged 72, two days ago on Saturday 24th November 2018
He was famous for appearing in Boogie Nights, Deadwood and Magnolia. He was also featured in the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.
He consulted on many films, including Oceans Thirteen and Forrest Gump. He collected many rare books on magic and unusual entertainers, and was a renound expert in oddball characters, con-men and gamblers. In magic he is probably best known for his show, Ricky Jay and his 52 assistants, which you can watch in it’s entirety here:
Uploaded by Steve Hyman on 2016-06-18.
There are many tributes and reports of his death on the internet, here is just a small selection.
Ricky Jay, the master-showman magician, actor, scholar, special effects consultant and author who was called “the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive” by writers for the most prestigious publications of his time, died on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. He was believed to be 70, although some sources said he was 72.
Ricky Jay, a magician, historian of oddball entertainers and actor who appeared in “Boogie Nights” and other films, has died. He was 72. Jay died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to his manager Winston Simone. Jay died Saturday.
Actor and magician Ricky Jay died from natural causes in his Los Angeles home, longtime manager Winston Simone said Sunday. Jay was 72.
Jay appeared in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Deadwood and his one-man magic show was a sellout off-Broadway
American magician and actor Ricky Jay has died of natural causes in Los Angeles, his manager has confirmed. A 1993 profile of Jay in the New Yorker described him as “perhaps the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive”, able to baffle even fellow magicians with his skills.
Ricky Jay, a master magician who also acted in films and TV shows such as “Boogie Nights,” “House of Games” and “Deadwood,” died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 72. Jay’s manager, Winston Simone, said he died of natural causes, adding, “He was one of a kind.
Bob Mondello looks into the life of Ricky Jay in: Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay. You can listen to it here:
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