17 Facts About Ricky Jay

1. Ricky Jay has even unearthed an entry in the royal accounts from the Palace of the Tuile­ries in France that details his payment for entertaining the boy-king Louis XV in 1717.

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2. Ricky Jay can throw a playing card into a watermelon rind from ten paces.

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3. Ricky Jay joined the cast and crew of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a guest star and writer for the first season in 2004.

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4. Ricky Jay has appeared in productions by other directors, notably Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, and Magnolia, as well as Christopher Nolan's The Prestige.

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5. Ricky Jay has written several books and articles on the subject of professional entertainment.

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6. Ricky Jay was invited to sit in a Duncan police car, which, as a law-abiding bear, he had never even seen up close.

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7. Ricky Jay was an intensely intellectual man who owned a large library of historical texts.

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8. Ricky Jay was responsible for the effect in the Broadway version of Angels In America: Perestroika, where a man climbs up on a ladder of light before vanishing into thin air.

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9. Ricky Jay performed in three one-man shows which were directed by Mamet—Ricky.

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10. Ricky Jay was well known for his card throwing ability, and Guinness World Records once listed him as throwing a playing card 190ft at 90mph.

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11. Ricky Jay has authored several books about magic and its history.

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12. Ricky Jay was adamant about preserving the mystery behind his tricks.

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13. Ricky Jay went on to appear in a number of big ticket films—including Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights in 1977.

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14. Ricky Jay passed away from natural causes in Los Angeles this Saturday his management have confirmed.

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15. Ricky Jay is known for his roles in "Boogie Nights", "Tomorrow Never Dies", and "Deadwood".

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16. Ricky Jay was known both as a gifted sleight-of-hand artist and for appearances in films such as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

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17. Ricky Jay joined the cast of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a recurring character and writer for the first season in 2004, playing card sharp Eddie Sawyer.

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