American Masters -- Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice
Launching the series' 29(th) season, American Masters -- Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice premiered nationwide Friday, January 23, 9-10 p.m. on PBS and journied into the mysterious world of sleight-of-hand and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees. Told largely in Jay's own distinctive voice, the documentary traces the story of his achievement, beginning at age 4 as apprentice to his grandfather Max Katz, an accomplished amateur magician, and 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, American Masters -- Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice weaves together new interviews with Jay, his friends and collaborators, including writer/director David Mamet, and rare performance footage from his one-man shows and classic TV appearances, among them a hilarious turn with Steve Martin on Dinah Shore's 1970s program. Filmmakers Molly Bernstein (editor, American Masters -- Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About) and Alan Edelstein (Oscar-nominated producer, The Wizard of Strings) 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.
"All of the arts are forms of magic, and the wonderment, mystery and pure joy of seeing a master like Ricky Jay perform is a thrill like no other, " says Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. "This intimate film makes you marvel at his genius and allows you to peek behind the curtain at many of the greatest magicians of the last century."
"I am truly honored to be included in this iconic series, and grateful to be able to introduce viewers to the great sleight-of-hand artists who were my mentors and my inspiration," says Ricky Jay.
To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the companion website http://pbs.org/americanmasters offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and other resources. American Masters is also seen on the WORLD channel.
RICKY JAY: SIDESHOW AT YALE
Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Ricky Jay launches the SIDESHOW exhibit at the Yale School of Art with a talk about his favorite character, the armless conjurer and calligrapher, Matthew Buchinger (1674-1739).
"SIDESHOW - An exhibition about the intersection of fine art and the historical American popular entertainment world of the sideshow - in which the bodily display of the abnormal, human or animal, would be the focus of the event. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender and disability will be considered."
A number of pieces from the Ricky Jay Collection will be featured in the show which runs until March 20th.
32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven, CT Open to the public and free of charge
Gallery Hours: 12-6:00pm Tues.-Sun. (closed Mondays).
For more information: http://art.yale.edu/32EdgewoodAveGallery
FROM McSWEENY's BOOKS
THE LA TIMES BOOK REVIEW
CELEBRATIONS OF CURIOUS CHARACTERS BY RICKY JAY
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THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
INTERVIEW WITH RICKY JAY
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