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23 Jan

Ricky Jay Featured on PBS this Friday, 1/23/15

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Magician Ricky Jay is profiled on American Masters airing Friday,
January 23rd at 9 pm

For the first time in the series' 29-year history, American Masters
profiles a magician: the inimitable Ricky Jay, one of the world's
greatest conjurers, a best-selling author, historian, actor and leading
collector of antiquarian books and artifacts.

Journey through the mysterious world of sleight-of-hand through new
interviews with Jay, his friends and collaborators, including
writer/director David Mamet. Tracing the story of Jay's achievement,
beginning at age four as apprentice to his grandfather Max Katz, an
accomplished amateur magician, the documentary features rare footage of
some of the most influential magicians of the 20th century: Cardini,
Slydini, Al Flosso, Dai Vernon and Charles Miller.

Narrated by Dick Cavett, the film also features rare performance footage
from Jay's one-man shows and classic TV appearances, among them a
hilarious turn with Steve Martin on Dinah Shore's 1970s program.
Filmmakers Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein explore the arduous
demands of the magician's craft, the use of language and storytelling
central to the art, and this ancient tradition's future.
"Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice" on American Masters airs on Friday,
January 23rd at 9 pm on channel 3.

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