Thank you for your article on the remarkable Ricky Jay ("Searching for Ricky Jay," by Max Jacobson, July 23). As it happens, I was the other act on the bill when Jay performed at McCabe's in Santa Monica. I recall that he was upset at opening for a singer-songwriter. At the time I thought, "Who is this arrogant character?" But we agreed to share the bill, and I had a chance to see him perform that evening. He truly was magical. He has devoted his life to his art, and I am glad to see him getting the recognition he clearly deserves.