One of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists Ricky Jay's career is further distinguished by the remarkable variety of his accomplishments as an author, actor, historian and consultant. He was recently profiled on the series American Masters and is the subject of the film Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.
His award winning one man show, Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants, set records as the fastest selling production in off-Broadway history. He has appeared in films including House of Games, Things Change, Heist, Red Belt, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Last Days, The Prestige, Tomorrow Never Dies and currently can be seen in The Automatic Hate.
Mr. Jay has written many books (including Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, and Jay's Journal of Anomalies, both New York Times "Notable Books of the Year," and has just authored Mathias Buchinger, The Greatest German Living to accompany a landmark exhibition of the works of Buchinger, an extraordinary 18th century armless and legless magician and artist, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has defined the terms of his profession for the Cambridge Guide to the American Theater and the Encyclopedia Britannica.