October 30, 2006 |
A little more than a hundred years ago, in the period represented in the recent films "The Illusionist" and "The Prestige," a conjurer succeeded in his attempt to live forever. The secret of the magician's immortality is herein revealed: He assembled 159 sequential photographs of himself producing a rabbit from a hat and created what he believed to be the "first animated film of a performer."
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May 26, 2013 |
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.
November 11, 2001 |
There are books that come along at just the right time. In a world that has become so sad, too savage, more somber than a species ought to inhabit without relief, the appearance of "Jay's Journal of Anomalies" offers the wary and heartbroken and deeply vexed rest, if only momentarily, from the terrible news of the day. These are divertimenti, crafted by a master and perfectly pitched in luxuriant bombast. "Superlatives arrest our attention.
June 1, 2011
Celebrations of Curious Characters Ricky Jay McSweeney's: 112pp., $26
July 10, 1994 |
One of the most amazing illusions in "Forrest Gump," a movie chock-full of special effects that opened Wednesday, has nothing to do with old newsreel footage--but with Gary Sinise playing a Vietnam veteran with both legs amputated. Sinise, 39, who has both legs, surprised even himself with his performance as Lt. Dan, a cocky Army officer who is wounded in the Vietnam War, losing both legs.
May 26, 2008 |
The Geffen Playhouse announced last week a return engagement of "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants," July 9 through Aug. 26. But magically appearing with the sleight-of-hand master will be a $250 ticket -- a record-setting price for a sub-99-seat L.A. theater. The special VIP seats -- there will be 10 per show -- are the result of audience demand during the theater's sellout run of the Ricky Jay show in 2006, said Geffen spokeswoman Allison Rawlings.
August 7, 1998
The Irvine Barclay Theatre has announced the full lineup for its wide-ranging 1998-99 season. Musical events begin Oct. 14-15 with the "House of Blues: Highway 61 Tour," featuring Booker T. Jones, John Hammond, Billy Boy Arnold and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Feb. 5 will bring Mavis Staples' "Tribute to Mahalia Jackson." Theatrical events begin Dec. 29-Jan.
September 2, 2007 |
"I just added a piece which I got today," says sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay, walking across a gallery at the Hammer Museum. Around us hang some 160 vintage broadsides, playbills and posters he's collected, all advertising magicians, sideshow performers and novelty acts -- say, pigs that do math. Jay, who's also an author an actor, points to a medium-sized poster propped against the wall.
November 9, 2001 |
David Mamet's "Heist" is the thinking person's caper flick, with its endlessly clever plotting revealing character under the utmost pressure. Mamet explores the limits of trust and loyalty and also the limits of strength and ability in the face of advancing age, and he does so with dark wit and humor while moving like lightning. Full of action and suspense, "Heist" is above all a gratifyingly adult entertainment.