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Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants (1996)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  1996 (USA)
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Ricky Jay: "Booze and the Blowens cop the lot."
[the audience doesn't react]
Ricky Jay: Anybody have any idea what I'm talking about?
[the audience laughs]
Ricky Jay: This is the refrain from a fifteenth century poem. A poem by François Villon. It says no matter how you earn your money, you're unlikely to keep it whether you hustle or swindle or, con or cheat, because in the end "Booze and the Blowens" - wine and women - take it all. "Suppose you screeve or go cheap-jack or fake the broads or fig a nag or thimble-rig or knap a ...
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The best magician alive
14 November 2005 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

This was an HBO special, a filmed performance of Jay's Broadway show, directed by his friend, David Mamet. It is literate, intelligent, and better than any magic performance you have ever seen. Jay is a heavy-set man who projects an image of a slightly seamy autodidact -- not too far from what he really is; he has, without the benefit of formal education, made himself THE authority on the history of magic. In any case, Ricky Jay does things with cards and close up magic that will leave you stunned. What he does even leaves other magicians stunned. And his finale here is a version of the cup and balls that drop dead amazing. If you really like magic, and can appreciate how awful David Copperfield is, you will love this. It's a shame that there is no DVD or video available. I would love to acquire one. Jay is simply, flat-out, the best.


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