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To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect - when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians.

To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect - when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians.

I love amazing people. I love dazzling them. That's why I think performing magic is one of the greatest things a person can do.

I love amazing people. I love dazzling them. That's why I think performing magic is one of the greatest things a person can do.

For me, the most exciting thing is to create good magic that's entertaining for an audience, and it would be lovely if a magician was fooled as well. ---->>>

The pain is bad magicians ripping off good ones, doing magic badly, and making a mockery of the art. ---->>>

Unlike other Jewish families, we didn't go out for Chinese food on Sundays, but we spent our time in a world of baking powder biscuits and the best shrimp cocktails that ever were. ---->>>

Every acting gig isn't the same, every writing job isn't the same, every live performance isn't the same - the challenge is the level of difficulty or ease, and that may vary. ---->>>

Sitting with a deck of cards in your hand all day is an obsession. Visiting print shops and bookstores and libraries is an obsession. And writing about this is an obsession. I think, in general, most collectors are obsessed. I think the only form of a rationalized greed is when you're collecting something you are supposedly serious about. ---->>>

That's one of the ways language evolved, by some very obscure form becoming common usage. And I must say that I'm very intrigued by use of language and slang, and criminal underground terms. ---->>>

Theft annoys me more than anything else. The purloining of effects from another magician. Some people think it's massive to steal the secrets of nuclear reactors, but to steal a card move is trivial. They're wrong. ---->>>

Magicians from the nineteenth century threw cards distances, but I think I'm the first one who made a thing about using them as weapons. ---->>>

Dai Vernon, the greatest sleight of hand figure in the history of the art, rarely performed. But he invented magic and had an enormous influence on the whole range of sleight of hand. And so often, the magic he was doing was to fool other magicians. ---->>>

For the most part, magic secrets are available on a level that's overwhelming and frightening, and they are very accessible if you do the tiniest bit of digging. But, that said, there's a certain group of individuals, in which I am included, who are very tight about secrets and don't share them with anyone. ---->>>

I do think deception... There's something kind of odd about tricking people for a living, but ultimately, it's a remarkably honest profession, when you think about it. If you violate that code, and you say you're not using camera tricks, and then you do, I actually think that's a kind of serious moral issue. ---->>>

I don't know what first got me to attack melons. It's not like I ate a bad one and got an upset stomach. It just eventually seemed like the appropriate fruit. ---->>>

Not only do I lie, I take real pleasure in lying, in the transmission of magic effects. ---->>>

One of the best sleight-of-hand guys I know is a plumber. ---->>>

I was considered a comedy magician. And - how do I put this without sounding egotistical? - it didn't take me long to realize that comedy magicians usually couldn't do comedy or magic. ---->>>

I'm much more interested in lesser-known eccentrics and characters and performers. Like Matthew Buchinger, who was born in Germany in 1674, had no arms or legs and yet did magic, and had 14 kids, and made the most extraordinary calligraphy. ---->>>

Like every art form, there are jealousies and angers and competitiveness in magic. But there's camaraderie among magicians, whether you perform it for a living or you're an enthusiast. ---->>>

I wasn't obsessed by magic. People say, 'How you can you claim you practiced eight hours a day and weren't obsessed?' Well, people go to a job they don't even like for eight hours a day; it's not obsessive if it's something you like. ---->>>

I grew up like Athena - covered with playing cards instead of armor - and, at the age of seven, materialized on a TV show, doing magic. ---->>>

I always read what I write out loud, and I did that long before any radio thing. My editor finds that unusual. ---->>>

My father was the Formica King of Long Island, and my mother was the daughter of a Bengal Lancer in India. ---->>>

Writing is the only thing in my life that doesn't get easier. It just doesn't. ---->>>

I certainly was performing before my writing was published, because I was performing when I was very young. And the thing is I'm very comfortable on stage, so a large portion of my act did come from ad-libs. ---->>>

In the winters, I enrolled in the hotel management program at Cornell University. I naively thought that I knew something about sleight-of-hand, entertainment and food, and that would be all I needed. ---->>>

There are enormous dangers in thinking that the world online is the world as it exists, that what you get from your one stroke on the Internet is all there is to know. ---->>>

I know absolutely nothing about the 20th Century. ---->>>

I started doing radio pieces with no clear, preconceived idea, except that I have a tendency to be theatrical. ---->>>

I think a lot of people just assumed I came to L.A. to do more television and get into show business. ---->>>

I'm probably the only kid in history whose parents made him stop taking music lessons. They made me stop studying the accordion. ---->>>

I've been really lucky in terms of film projects with people, terrific actors and also writers and directors that I really respect. ---->>>

I never talk much about my family, but my grandfather was friendly with these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists on the highest levels, and I was just... interested. ---->>>

I think the toughest thing about being an actor in a film is to be with a director who doesn't know what they want. And that can be really, really frustrating. ---->>>

I suppose that if I could only do one thing, a solid card effect would be pretty high on the list. That's the root of it all, sleight-of-hand. It's certainly the thing I feel most comfortable with. ---->>>

Biography

Name: Ricky Jay
Nationality: American
Born: 06-21, 2015
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
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Occupation: Actor
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Richard Jay Potash (born 1948), known professionally as Ricky Jay, is an American stage magician, actor, and writer. In a profile for the New Yorker, Mark Singer called Jay "perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive". In addition to sleight of hand, Jay is known for his card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter (wikipedia)