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May 31, 2011
COMEDY Demetri Martin Actor Jeff Garlin hosts an evening with Martin, a comedian known for his witty songs, ironic observations and wordplay. Martin will chat with Garlin, take audience questions, and sign and discuss his new book, "This Is a Book. " Proceeds from the show will support efforts to free the West Memphis Three, three men seeking retrial after being convicted in the 1993 killing of three Cub Scouts. Largo at the Coronet , 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $30. (310)
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May 26, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
The hand is quicker than the eye, according to David Kwong, magic consultant for the upcoming film "Now You See Me" from Summit Entertainment. But that's not the only trick behind how the film's central characters - a gang of four magicians played by Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson - pull off multiple bank heists. Kwong, 32, got his introductory abracadabra when he was about 7. He was at a pumpkin patch, where a magician performed a trick involving a disappearing and reappearing red sponge ball.
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May 16, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned sleight-of-hand magician, actor, author and historian Ricky Jay learned his craft from the best in the field, including Al Fosso, Slydini, Cardini, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. These men never made a lot of money during their long careers, and in the case of Cardini, he didn't appear on television for fear of having his act exposed and copied. But to Jay, these master magicians were superstars. "I think the thing about these people who are so good is that they are perpetual students, as well as masters," said Jay, 65, in a recent phone interview.
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May 16, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Regard the hands of Ricky Jay. Watch them making cards do things cards never have done before, things cards didn't even know they could do. And for this master of manipulation, cards are just the beginning. Seeing is definitely not believing in the wonderfully titled "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," directed by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. This documentary provides an elegant, enthralling peek behind the curtain and into the you-won't-trust-your-eyes world of this celebrated contemporary conjurer.
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June 1, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To say that Ricky Jay does card tricks is, as Mark Singer once noted in the New Yorker, somewhat akin to suggesting that "Sonny Rollins plays tenor saxophone. " Jay is one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists ever to fool and wow an audience. A few years back, at a theater in Westwood, I saw him quote a ballad by the French poet/thief Fran├žois Villon, as translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, while simultaneously performing the famous party piece of his stage act, piercing the skin of a watermelon, or, as Jay puts it, the "thicker pachydermatous outer-melon layer," with a single playing card flicked at 90 mph from between his fingers.
MAGAZINE
September 3, 2000
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2006 | Diane Haithman
Magician Ricky Jay, whose most recent gig was teaming up with Michael Weber to create special effects for the feature films "The Illusionist" and "The Prestige," is making a rare appearance in Los Angeles. The sleight-of-hand artist will bring his off-Broadway show "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants" to the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse Nov. 21-Dec.16.
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July 3, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
Urbanely decked out in sleek charcoal black and unfailingly polite as he submits to a round of questions in the Geffen Playhouse's pre-show lounge, sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay can't help but exude a certain impish quality. Ask him to discuss the David Mamet-directed reprise of his one-man show "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants" and you might receive this engaging bit of misdirection: "I'd like to tell you that in St. Louis they booked me 52 hotel rooms," he says by way of describing the title.
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November 24, 2006 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Renaissance magician Ricky Jay pulls many rabbits out of his various hats. He's an engaging author ("Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women," "Jay's Journal of Anomalies"). He's also an accomplished actor whose impressive screen oeuvre includes some half-dozen films by his longtime friend and associate, David Mamet. In addition to being a noted historical scholar and an ardent book collector, Jay is a sought-after film consultant, most recently on "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist."
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May 3, 1996 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soon, the violence and deception will begin. Ricky Jay will take the stage, produce the tools of his aged trade and shuffle them in a pair of small, fleshy hands. Queens will migrate. Aces will huddle in foursomes. Simple playing cards may spring to service as boomerangs or knives, sailing high above the stage or piercing a watermelon's hide at 10 paces. But for now, the hands are at rest. The magician, bearded and paunchy, sits in the front row of a dark and empty theater.
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May 16, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned sleight-of-hand magician, actor, author and historian Ricky Jay learned his craft from the best in the field, including Al Fosso, Slydini, Cardini, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. These men never made a lot of money during their long careers, and in the case of Cardini, he didn't appear on television for fear of having his act exposed and copied. But to Jay, these master magicians were superstars. "I think the thing about these people who are so good is that they are perpetual students, as well as masters," said Jay, 65, in a recent phone interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To say that Ricky Jay does card tricks is, as Mark Singer once noted in the New Yorker, somewhat akin to suggesting that "Sonny Rollins plays tenor saxophone. " Jay is one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists ever to fool and wow an audience. A few years back, at a theater in Westwood, I saw him quote a ballad by the French poet/thief Fran├žois Villon, as translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, while simultaneously performing the famous party piece of his stage act, piercing the skin of a watermelon, or, as Jay puts it, the "thicker pachydermatous outer-melon layer," with a single playing card flicked at 90 mph from between his fingers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2011
COMEDY Demetri Martin Actor Jeff Garlin hosts an evening with Martin, a comedian known for his witty songs, ironic observations and wordplay. Martin will chat with Garlin, take audience questions, and sign and discuss his new book, "This Is a Book. " Proceeds from the show will support efforts to free the West Memphis Three, three men seeking retrial after being convicted in the 1993 killing of three Cub Scouts. Largo at the Coronet , 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $30. (310)
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May 27, 2011
FRIDAY Prince The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $25-$181.40 thelaforum.com SATURDAY Villains Tavern 1356 Palmetto St. 1-5 p.m. No cover. villainstavern.com MONDAY The Five Minutes Game Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave. 6 p.m. $10. http://www.cinefamily.org TUESDAY Supergood Tuesdays Central SAPC, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica 8 p.m. Free. http://www.centralsapc.com TUESDAY Ricky Jay and David Mamet Hammer, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
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May 15, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
David Mamet has little use for political correctness, windy academic theorists or Bolshevik-minded theater directors. He's also not too keen on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" or those big, splashy Broadway sets that make audiences go "Ohh." As Mamet writes in "Theatre," one of two new books published by the prolific playwright-screenwriter-essayist, "When we leave the play saying how spectacular the sets or costumes were, or how interesting the ideas, it means we had a bad time."
MAGAZINE
July 6, 2008
09 "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants" opens at Geffen Playhouse in Westwood 13 Bastille Day L.A. Festival at West Hollywood Park 16 Opening day of the summer meet at Del Mar racetrack 25 The 40th Indian Center Pow Wow kicks off at the Autry National Center
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May 6, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Playing poker with Ricky Jay would be like shooting putt-putt with Jack Nicklaus or trading epigrams with Oscar Wilde. Considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sleight-of-hand artists alive today, Jay can deal any hand, any time. Also, he can decapitate a plastic duck by throwing a card at it. In "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants," Jay deals perfect gin and poker hands, seemingly without looking, and makes us doubt our sight and the nature of reality.
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November 9, 2001 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ricky Jay may be best known for his card tricks, but these days he's performing something of a cultural hat trick, appearing in three venues at the same time. And it's no magical sleight of hand: Jay co-stars in David Mamet's new film "Heist," which opens today; he has a new book out, "Jay's Journal of Anomalies"; and his renowned one-man show, "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants," has just opened in Boston.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
Urbanely decked out in sleek charcoal black and unfailingly polite as he submits to a round of questions in the Geffen Playhouse's pre-show lounge, sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay can't help but exude a certain impish quality. Ask him to discuss the David Mamet-directed reprise of his one-man show "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants" and you might receive this engaging bit of misdirection: "I'd like to tell you that in St. Louis they booked me 52 hotel rooms," he says by way of describing the title.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2006 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Renaissance magician Ricky Jay pulls many rabbits out of his various hats. He's an engaging author ("Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women," "Jay's Journal of Anomalies"). He's also an accomplished actor whose impressive screen oeuvre includes some half-dozen films by his longtime friend and associate, David Mamet. In addition to being a noted historical scholar and an ardent book collector, Jay is a sought-after film consultant, most recently on "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist."
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