FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY
Thursday, November 8, 2012

VERY LIKE A WEASEL:
The Cyclical and Ever Changing Nature of Deceit.

An Illustrated Talk By RICKY JAY
Student of Deception and Occasional Practitioner



In connection with the exhibition
VERY LIKE A WHALE by Rosamond Purcell & Michael Witmore

 


THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE'S LIST OF HOLIDAY BOOKS, FEATURING


CELEBRATIONS OF CURIOUS CHARACTERS BY RICKY JAY

THE NEW YORKER ONLINE
SO MANY WIERD WORLDS: A CONVERSATION WITH RICKY JAY

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
CONJURORS, CONMEN & OTHER STRANGE CELEBRITIES

GENTLEMAN'S QUARTERLY ONLINE

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THE NEW YORKER ONLINE
SO MANY WIERD WORLDS: A CONVERSATION WITH RICKY JAY

New Yorker

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
CONJURORS, CONMEN & OTHER STRANGE CELEBRITIES

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ny times

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Hokum That Stands the Test of Time By Michael Kimmelman
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The New Yorker says “Coincident with the Met's ‘Perfect Medium’ show, the scholar and magician Ricky Jay presents a selection of related items from his vast collection of broadsides, posters, books, photographs, and ephemera pertaining to spiritualist amusements and deceptions. Slides from a presentation that Harry Houdini made in 1924 (though he desperately wanted to believe in mediums, he always figured out their tricks) demonstrate a few methods for spirit writing, materializations, and the like; this is accompanied by a recording of Houdini himself and a reading of his debunking lecture and commentary by the silver-tongued Jay.”



L.A. Times Critics Choice
Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants

“For the first time in more than a decade, legendary magician Ricky Jay — considered by many the best sleight-of-hand artist on Earth — brings his Obie-winning show, directed by his longtime associate David Mamet, back to the Southland. The ‘52 assistants’ of the title are a deck of cards — items that Jay manipulates to stunning effect in this must-see entertainment.”
— F. Kathleen Foley
November 24, 2006


From Zembla, the British literary magazine,
which features an interview and
an 8-page spread on Ricky Jay’s book
“Extraordinary Exhibitions".

Read the article from The Washington Examiner

Jay deals out best show in town

by
Doug Krentzlin

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Read the review by Peter Marks from The Washington Post

Illusionist Ricky Jay: An Ace in the Role
from The Washington Post, 10 May 2005
by Peter Marks


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Love and Theft
Video by Bob Dylan
Featuring Ricky Jay


Launch Quicktime Movie


Secrets of the Magus
from the New Yorker Magazine, 1993
by Mark Singer


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Call Me a Sucker,
But I Love Ricky Jay

At the Theater With John Heilpern
The New York Observer, May 20, 2002

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A front-row seat at the side show
San Francisco Chronicle,
December 14, 2001
Reviewed by Mark Luce

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Ricky Jay is Back in Town
New York Times Editorial
January 17, 1998