Ricky Jay, legendary magician with appearances in "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia", dies at age 72

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Actor Ricky Jay attends the presentation of the gala opening night

Actor Ricky Jay attends the gala opening of the opening night of "Life Of Pi" at the 50th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on September 28, 2012 in New York City. (Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

The legendary magician Ricky Jay, who has appeared in such films as "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia," has died, according to Variety. He was 72 years old.

The famous hand-play artist died on Saturday in Los Angeles from natural causes, the entertainment media reported.

Jay's career in acting spanned decades, with appearances in "Deadwood" and "Tomorrow Never Dies," according to IMDb. He also wrote and lectured on the art of magic, with presentations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Princeton University, according to its website.

It was published by The New Yorker in 1993, in a classic article entitled "The Secrets of the Wizard", which described him as "perhaps the most talented hand-games artist in the world".

"He was one of the guys." We'll never see someone like him again, "Jay's manager, Winston Simone, told Variety.

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