Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Other Favourite Magician

Apologies... Two posts in one day about non-Korea related magic may be anathema to you, but I'm on a roll so please indulge me.

Back when I was an impoverished student living in London I dreamt of going to see "Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants", but he always played to a sold out house and I never got a chance to witness his skills in the flesh. I've bought a number of his books, searched out his television appearances, sat through David Mamet's films for a glimpse of his corpulent excellence, but await the day I can sit in close proximity to this marvelous performer.

If anyone would care to buy me a copy of "Cards As Weapons" or "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women" I'll be forever in your debt, but until you do this video of his show on Youtube will have to suffice.

Here it is for anybody who fancies an online audience with Mr. Jay and his 52 friends (Part 5 is notable for his watermelon attack and Part 6 has a gorgeous rendition of the cups and balls trick):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

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