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Ricky Jay Dead: Magician and & # 39; Boogie Nights & # 39; Actor dies at 72

In addition to his long career as a sorcerer, he also saw films like "Magnolia" (1999) as the narrator "Tomorrow…

In addition to his long career as a sorcerer, he also saw films like “Magnolia” (1999) as the narrator “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997) as a cyber terrorist and “Boogie Nights” (1997).

Ricky Jay, one of the most compelling figures in magic, died on Saturday in Los Angeles for natural reasons, Hollywood Reporter can confirm.

His boss, Winston Simone, said about Jay: “He was a kind. We will never see him again.”

In addition to his long career as a wizard, he also saw in films such as Magnolia (1999) as the narrator Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as a cyber terrorist and Boogie Nights (1

997) Second and several times appeared in David Mamet’s films, including: House of Games Murder Things Change Spanish Prisoner State and Main and Heist . He had different roles on television as well, including on The X-Files and Deadwood .

In a 1993 profile by Jay in The New Yorker co-worker and actor Steve Martin was cited as saying to Jay: “I like Ricky as the intellectual elite of magicians. I have experience of magicians throughout my life, he is capable of performing and yet he knows the theory, history, literature in the field. Ricky is a master of his craft. You know how are there teachers of creative writing that can not necessarily write but can learn? , Ricky can actually do everything. “

Jay gave advice to several movies as well. Some of his consultancy activities include work on the movies Ocean’s Thirteen Prestige and Illusionist . Jay’s partner in his anti-fraud company, Michael Weber, was one of the first to share the news about Jay’s passage. He tweeted “I’m sorry to share with me that my remarkable friend, teacher, partner and co-owner is gone.”

He also gave advice on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ]. Director Christopher McQuarrie attributed the success of the movie’s opera sequence to Jay, as said on Saturday, 19459009, “An off-handed commentary inspired the climax of the opera sequence. It is safe to say that it would not be the same scene without him He was the greatest of a disappearing breed. “

Medical wizard and actor Neil Patrick Harris also shared his compassion on Saturday, writing ” The master’s magician and historian Ricky Jay has gone away. The breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and allied arts was really remarkable. Such sad news, such a deep loss. “

In addition to the actor writing and hosting his own television specials for CBS, HBO and the BBC, he was the host and narrator of the first documentary mini series about wizard The Story of Magic for the A & E network. He was also a diligent speaker and author of subjects such as “conjuring literature, con games, sense perceptions and unusual entertainment,” according to his website.

For his own account, he first performed magic at 4 years of age. An interview with New Yorker he initially said in magic art: “It was a natural assimilation. I never mean that I speak a lot about my family, but my grandfather was kind to these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists at the highest levels, and I was just … interested. At first, I was drawn to the idea of ​​learning how to make magic, but stop making the transition to learn about it. “

Jay and his love of magic was also the subject of a 2012 movie, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay . The Hollywood Reporter review said about the movie, “[It’s] a documentary drunk on endless amusement to play card trickery and beat the artists who have gone secrets down the generations. Will delight Jay’s many fans and hang especially for video clips, where viewers will have to watch tricks repeatedly in slow motion, trying (probably in vain) to figure them out. “

Producer Frank Marshall and author and producer Brian Koppelman were some of the remarkable Hollywood figures who went on Twitter to pay their respect. In a series of tweets Koppelman said, “Ricky Jay was my hero. And when I met him he got to know him, work with him twice, his kindness, professionalism, humor, brilliance, made him even more a hero. He was one of our greatest entertainers and a genuine genius. “

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