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Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dick Cavett ... Narrator

Ricky Jay ... Himself
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Directed by
Molly Bernstein 
 
Produced by
Peter Block .... co-executive producer
Philip Dolan .... producer
Alan Edelstein .... producer
Cathy Greenwold .... executive producer
Alicia Sams .... producer
David Simone .... associate producer
Winston Simone .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Clare Manchon (co-composer) (as Clare Muldaur)
Olivier Manchon 
 
Cinematography by
Ed Marritz 
 
Art Direction by
Matt Garton 
 
Sound Department
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Deborah Wallach .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Matt Garton .... motion graphics and title design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Dodds .... additional camera
 
Animation Department
Liesje Kraai .... additional graphics
Richard O'Connor .... additional graphics
Kelsey Stark .... additional graphics
 
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
 
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Paul Thomas Anderson .... special thanks
Dan Chariton .... special thanks
Stan Coleman .... special thanks
Terry Gross .... special thanks
Bill Kalush .... special thanks
David Rakoff .... special thanks
David Roth .... special thanks
Adam Schlesinger .... special thanks
Coco Shinomiya .... special thanks
Chrisann Verges .... special thanks
David Wilson .... special thanks
 

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A Brief History of Magic, 13 January 2014
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences.

I was not familiar with the magic of Ricky Jay, though his face was known to me. Now I am more than a little impressed, as he seems to have the card tricks down -- especially the close-up sleight of hand that David Blaine brought to the streets. This is especially humorous when Steve Martin is shown losing a $50 bet (though he may have been in on it).

This is not a showcase of tricks as much as it is a brief story of Jay's life, which touches on his magician grandfather and those who influenced him. Magicians are a secretive lot, and rarely reveal their tricks... this makes it even more interesting to see their history and who was the mentor for who... there is a distinct line of descent.

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