I’m sure the majority of you heard the sad news of Ricky Jay’s passing over the weekend. Jay’s contribution to the art of close up magic is immeasurable, and his loss to the art form will be felt for some time.
While Doug and Ricky weren’t alike on the surface, both shared an innate appreciation and love of magic history, sleight of hand, and Dai Vernon. Both were trained under the venerable and cantankerous old master, and were always indebted to what he gave to their respective careers.
The clip from “World of Magic II” above has been shown on the site before. However, I feel no one will argue it’s worth a revisit. So, flex your fingers and shuffle that deck. This is Ricky Jay.