The famous artist Ricky Jay has passed away. The magician, actor and consultant died on Saturday in Los Angeles from natural causes. In addition to having a long career as a magician, Jay also appeared in several movies and television shows as Magnolia (as the narrator), Tomorrow never dies, Boogie Nights, The X-FilesY Old thing. Jay left a great impression on those he met, and several Hollywood figures have shared their condolences on Twitter.
Ricky Jay was probably best known as a magician. Performing his first trick at the age of four, Jay was an expert in tricks, tricks and card tricks. Jay and his long career were the subject of a 2012 movie, Deceptive practice: the mysteries and mentors of Ricky Jay. He was also the host and narrator of the documentary miniseries A & E, The history of magic. Companion magician and actor Neil Patrick Harris shared his condolences for Twitter, writing about the vast knowledge and appreciation of Jay's magic.
In addition to being an actor, Jay was the consultant in films such as Thirteen of the ocean, The prestige, Y The ilusionist. He also provided information on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and director Christopher McQuarrie shared a story about how a simple comment by Jay served as inspiration for the climax of the excellent opera sequence.
Brian Koppelman had the opportunity to work with Ricky Jay on some different projects. Koppelman was a writer in Thirteen of the ocean and a producer in The ilusionist, two movies that Jay consulted. The Hollywood filmmaker approached Twitter to share his thoughts and his sadness about the death of Jay, and wrote that Jay was one of his heroes and that he exceeded expectations when they met.
Ricky Jay was 72 years old, and here at CinemaBlend we share our condolences to Jay's friends, family and loved ones.