I don’t remember how old I was. I was already a fan of magic and illusion, although I never pursued it as a hobby. I was surfing channels on the 10 foot satellite dish we had when I was a kid and I stumbled across a show called “Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants”. From that point on, through his appearances in film and television I have been a fan of Ricky Jay. The man has a sense of quiet theatricality and an immese pool of knowledge and skill, and he handles a deck of cards so well that if given the chance to play with him I’d never let him shuffle.
And now there is a documentary about him. Lets watch after the jump!
Jay has been around for a long time, longer than I’ve been aware to be sure. David Mamet and Steve Martin make appearnaces here, hopefully there are more appearances from more of the people he’s worked with.
If you get the chance do yourself a favour and look up Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants. It’s a brilliant show, and it might get you as excited as I am for this documentary.