SLEIGHT and SHADOW: Ricky Jay lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at 8 p.m.

The lecture will explore the relationship of magicians to seance stunts and spirit images, from William Mumier, who produced the first ”spirit photographs" in the 1860s, to Harry Houdini, the escape artist and debunker of psychic fraud.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition

The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult

Tickets are $25

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Read the article from The Washington Examiner

Jay deals out best show in town

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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"Enthralling. He's A Master's Master."
-The New York Times

"Dexterous, funny and entirely elegant. If wonder is truly the beginning of wisdom, then Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants is the smartest show in town."
-Time Magazine

"Its utterly riveting. Anyone lucky enough to see this show will spend the next year or two talking about it to anyone they meet."
-London Observer

"He can do with cards what you cannot believe you're seeing. ...Some people can tell their grandchildren that they saw Muhammad Ali box. You'll be able to tell yours that you saw Ricky Jay deal."
-The Washington Post

Ricky Jay will discuss his new book EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS: BROADSIDES FROM THE COLLECTION OF RICKY JAY with Eric Lax at UCLA's Fowler Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. The event is part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

An informal look at sensational, scientific, satisfying, silly and startling attractions based on 17th, 18th and 19th century playbills from the collection of Ricky Jay. It is the contention of Mr. Jay that neither the tongue of the most florid orator, or pen of the most ingenious writer can sufficiently describe the elegance, symmetry, and prodigious accomplishments of those who are featured in this volume. Included are broadsides advertising: an armless dulcimer player, a ghost showman, a singing mouse, a chess playing automaton, a cannon ball juggler, an African hermaphrodite, a chicken incubating machine, a rabbi with prodigious memory, a ventriloquist, a spirit medium, a glass blower, a woman magician, a speaking machine, a mermaid, a bullet catcher, a flea circus, & an equestrian bee keeper.

Ricky Jay and Deceptive Practices are currently consulting on a new feature film, Neil Burger's The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. It is based on the short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" by Steven Millhauser.

Ricky Jay can be seen in the new film, Incident at Loch Ness with Werner Herzog which just opened to very strong reviews., now available on DVD.

Look for: Ricky Jay in the new Gus VanSant film: Last Days to be released in 2005 July 19th in New York and July 22nd in Los Angeles.

Ricky Jay at a Museum Near You

An exhibition of Ricky Jay's dice from DICE: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck, along with photographs by Rosamond Purcell, are on display at the following venue:

Indefinitely at
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

The UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles features a show called Writing on the Wall, a series of extended wall labels for selected works in the permanent collection. Rediscover your favorite paintings through the eyes of contributors Ricky Jay, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Martin Mull, Mary Woronov, and Bruce Yonemoto, whose short, personal, and insightful essays accompany their selections.