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Ricky Jay, one of the most fascinating figures of magic, died on Saturday in Los Angeles from natural causes. The Hollywood Reporter You can confirm.
His manager, Winston Simone, said of Jay: "He was one of a kind, we will never see someone like him again."
In addition to his long career as a magician, he also appeared in films such as Magnolia (1999) as the narrator, The tomorrow Never Die (1997) as cyberterrorist and Boogie Nights (1997), among others, and several times appeared in the films of David Mamet, including: Playhouse, Homicide, Things change, Spanish prisoner, State Y Main, and Heist. He also had several roles on television, including The files x Y Old thing.
In a 1993 profile of Jay in. The New YorkerThe fellow magician and actor Steve Martin was quoted about Jay: "I think Ricky is the intellectual elite of magicians, I've had experience with magicians all my life, he's capable of acting expertly and yet he knows the theory." . , history, literature of the field. Ricky is a master of his craft. Do you know how there are creative writing teachers who can not necessarily write but who can teach? Well, Ricky can do everything. "
Jay provided consulting for several films as well. Some of his consulting works include work on films. Thirteen of the ocean, The prestige Y The ilusionist. Jay's partner at his deceptive practice consulting firm, Michael Weber, was one of the first to share the news of Jay's passing. The tweeted, "I am sorry to share that my remarkable friend, teacher, collaborator and co-conspirator has left."
He also provided advice in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Director Christopher McQuarrie attributed the success of the film's opera sequence to Jay, saying Saturday"An unforeseen commentary that inspired the climax of the opera sequence, it is safe to say that it would not be the same scene without him, it was the largest of a disappearing race."
The magician and actor Neil Patrick Harris also shared his condolences on Saturday. writing"The master magician and historian Ricky Jay has passed away, the breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and allied arts was truly remarkable, such sad news, such profound loss."
In addition to acting, Jay wrote and presented his own television specials for CBS, HBO and the BBC, and was also the host and narrator of the first mini series of spell documentaries, The history of magic, for the A & E network. He was also a prolific speaker and writer on topics such as "conjuring literature, swindlers, sensory perception and unusual entertainment", according to his website.
On his own, he performed magic for the first time at the age of 4 years. In an interview with The New YorkerHe said of his beginnings in the magical arts: "It was a natural assimilation, I mean, I never talk much about my family, but my grandfather was a friend of these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists in the highest levels, and I was alone. I was interested first, I was attracted to the idea of learning how to do magic, but I quickly ended up making the transition to learn about it. "
Jay and his love of magic were also the subject of a 2012 movie, Deceptive practice: the mysteries and mentors of Ricky Jay. The Hollywood Reporters review that says of the movie, "[It’s] a documentary about the infinite pleasures of card tricks and in love with artists who have passed secrets through generations. The movie will please Jay's many fans and has a special video appeal, where viewers will be forced to watch the tricks repeatedly in slow motion, trying (probably in vain) to discover them. "
Producer Frank Marshall and writer and producer Brian Koppelman were some of the notable Hollywood figures who took to Twitter to pay their respects. In a series of tweetsKoppelman said: "Ricky Jay was a hero of mine, and when I met him, I met him, I worked with him twice, his kindness, professionalism, sense of humor, brilliance, made him even more of a hero. artists of our lives, and a true genius. "