Ricky Jay Dead

Ricky Jay is one of those actors who you’d see popping up in the likes of The Prestige, Mystery Men and Boogie Nights, not a household name, but surely one of those people who made audience members go, “Hey, it’s that guy.” But outside of his career on film and television, Ricky Jay was a masterful magician, dubbed “the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive” by The New Yorker. Sadly, Jay has performed his last trick, as the character actor and illusionist has died at age 72. Read More »

Deceptive Practice

Sandwiched between the garish stylings of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone last month and the criminal thrills of Now You See Me next month is the real, eye-popping magic of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, a documentary about the famed illusionist and actor.

Considered by some to be “the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive,” Jay began honing his craft as a young child and has been performing ever since. Film fans may also know him from his acting and consulting work; he’s worked several times with David Mamet and has appeared in Deadwood, The Prestige, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and many other titles. Watch the new trailer for the documentary, featuring appearances by Mamet and a young Steve Martin, after the jump.

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The Brothers Bloom

Rian Johnson‘s (Brick) “big fun globetrotting con man movie” The Brothers Bloom doesn’t hit theaters until May 29th, but right now you can watch the first 7 minutes on Hulu. Things to look out for: One of the young Brothers Bloom is played by Where the Wild Things star Max Records, as Rian points out in the intro. You might recognize the voice in the voice over narration as Magician Ricky Jay, who also provided some narration for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. But this opening sequence introduces you to the quirky tone and characters of this story. It’s a great movie. I highly recommend it, and can’t wait to see it again myself. Check out the first seven minutes, embedded after the jump.
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