Legendary Magician & Actor Ricky Jay Dies At 72

Some considered him ‘the best magician of all time’, Ricky Jay, died at his Los Angeles home late Saturday, he was 72. Jay’s manager Winston Simone said, “He was one of a kind, We will never see the likes of him again. In addition to his work as a magician, Jay had a long movie career as well. He appeared in, ‘Magnolia’ with Tom Cruise, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘Boogie Nights’ with Burt Reynolds. Jay also appeared in the films of his close friend director David Mamet. He appeared in House of Games, Homicide, Things Change, Spanish Prisoner, and several other Mamet films.

His close friend actor Steve Martin said, “I sort of think of Ricky as the intellectual elite of magicians. I’ve had experience with magicians my whole life. He’s expertly able to perform and yet he knows the theory, history and literature of the field. Ricky is a master of his craft, you know how there are those teachers of creative writing who can’t necessarily write, but teach? Well Ricky can actually do everything.” Jay was often called on by Hollywood to consult on films that dealt with magic. He consulted on the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ franchise, The Prestige, The Illusionist.

variety.com

Jay’s long time partner in his magic consulting firm, ‘Deceptive Practices’ Micheal Weber tweeted the news of Jay’s death. He said, “I am so sorry to share that my remarkable friend, teacher, collaborator and co-conspirator is gone.” Jay also consulted on ‘Mission Impossible-Rouge Nation’. The director Christoper McQuarrie said the entire success of the film depended on Ricky, ‘he plotted and planned the entire Opera scene, it would not have been the same without him.’ Actor Neil Patrick Harris said, “The breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and the allied arts was truly remarkable, such sad news, such a profound loss.” Jay is survived by his wife producer Chrisann Verges.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Actress Katie Cassidy Married Matthew Rodgers In Florida Over The Weekend

    The daughter of the late 'Patridge Family' actor David Cassidy, Katie Cassidy is now married. The actress shared the news with her fans, by saying,”I can't help falling in love with you, Yes, it's official,#Mrs Rodgers, I love you my husband.” The couple married in a small but elegant ceremony in Sunset Key, Florida. The...

    Read More
  • Meghan Markle Loses Second Staff Member In Less Than 6 Months

    Former 'Suits' actress, Meghan Markle is about to lose a second staff member in less than 6 months. Only a member of the Britain's Royal family since May, talk of 'diva antics' are regularly heard through the royal palaces. The 'Sunday Times of London is reporting that Meghan's trusted aide Samantha Cohen has submitted a...

    Read More
  • Legendary NFL Player Isiah 'Butch' Robertson Dies In a Limo Crash At 69

    Former Los Angeles Rams player Isiah 'Butch' Robertson died in a deadly limo crash in Texas, he was 69. A representative for Robertson's former team confirmed his death late Saturday. According to reports, Robertson was driving a limo on the rainy roads of Mabank, Texas. Lt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Rangers, said Robertston was...

    Read More
  • Kevin Hart Steps Down As Host Of The Upcoming Academy Awards Show

    Comic Kevin Hart was announced two days ago as the upcoming host of The Academy Awards in early 2019. The comic had been facing extreme backlash about past insensitive comments he made about the LGBTQ community. He has apologized about his remarks that he made 8 years ago, and apologized today, but the backlash proved...

    Read More
  • Actress Chloe Grace Moretz Dating Model Kate Harrison

    Actress Chloe Grace Moretz was seen out kissing model Kate Harrison. Friends of the actress confirmed to 'People Magazine' the actress is casually dating the model, 'it's not serious now.' The couple were spotted at the ultra trendy restaurant 'Nobu' in Malibu, having a cozy dinner. Other diners said, 'they spoke very quietly, and looked...

    Read More