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Book Title: Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women|
The author of the book: Ricky Jay
Date of issue: November 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780374525705
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 899 KB
Edition: Noonday Press
Read full description of the books Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women:Ricky Jay is one of the world's most accomplished showmen, a world-renowned magician and sleight-of-hand artist, particularly famed for his card-throwing stunts. (He is the author of Cards as Weapons.) In this affectionate and entertaining book, Jay presents a mind-boggling array of oddball performers, everything from calculating horses to armless artists. Jay's style has a trace of the academic to it, but he wears his mantle of scholarship in a rakish manner. One can imagine a twinkle in Jay's eye as he writes of these "pioneers or refiners of peculiar performance," particularly in the chapter devoted to the 19th century Parisian performer, "Le Pétoman," who gave musical performances by, well, farting. Ah, to hear "Au clair de la lune" thus rendered!
I couldn't help but think, as I was reading Jay's droll description of Le Pétoman's performances and the enthusiastic reception he received that, really, present-day moralists who "humph!" over the degradation of society and such things as "South Park" or pro wrestling need to take a chill pill.
And, yeah, my mom was right - each one of us does have a special talent, just waiting to be discovered.
Read information about the authorRicky Jay (born Richard Jay Potash in 1948) is an American stage magician, actor, and writer.
Born to a Jewish-American family, Jay is considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled sleight-of-hand experts in the United States. He is notable for his signature card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter. At least two of his shows, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem, were directed by David Mamet, who has also cast Jay in a number of his films. Jay has appeared in productions by other directors, notably Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights and Magnolia, as well as The Prestige and season one of HBO's Deadwood as card sharp Eddie Sawyer.
Until recently, Ricky Jay was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for throwing a playing card 190 ft at 90 miles per hour (the current record is 216 ft, by Rick Smith, Jr.). Ricky Jay can throw a playing card into a watermelon rind (which he refers to as the "thick, pachydermatous outer melon layer" of "the most prodigious of household fruits") from ten paces.
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