Jay's Journal of Anomalies by Ricky Jay
Conjurers, Cheats, Hustlers, Hoaxsters, Pranksters, Jokesters, Imposters, Pretenders, Side-Show Showmen, Armless Calligraphers, Mechanical Marvels, Popular Entertainments

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A dazzling tour through the world of singular entertainers, con men, and unusual phenomena.

For the past four years, the multitalented Ricky Jay (sleight-of-hand artist, author, actor, film consultant, and scholar of the unusual) has published a unique and beautifully designed quarterly called Jay's Journal of Anomalies. Already a coveted collector's item, the complete set is gathered here for the first time. A brilliant excursion into the history of bizarre entertainments, the journal covered such subjects as dogs stealing acts from other dogs, an anthropological hoax involving the only survivors of a caste of ancient Aztec priests, and the ultimate diet: ingesting only air.In a delectably deadpan and winning style, Jay conveys his admiration and affection for the offbeat that characterized his bestselling Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. He explains how wags since the sixteenth century have cheated at bowling; he explores the ancient relationship between conjuring and dentistry; and he chronicles the exploits of ceiling walkers and human flies. Crammed full of illustrations drawn from the author's massive personal archive, Jay's Journal of Anomalies will baffle, instruct, and, above all, delight.
 

About Ricky Jay

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Ricky Jay is the author of Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. His one-man show, Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants, was a critical and popular success. He has appeared in the films House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia.
 
Published September 12, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 216 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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RICKY JAY can hurl a card into the husk of a watermelon.

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Jay's Journal of Anomalies by Ricky Jay Norton, £15.99 We have recently enjoyed the spectacle of a man starving himself in full view of the public.

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Chapters such as "Dice and Death" and "The Palengenesis of Craps" are complemented by Rosamond Wolff Purcell's 13 color photographs of beautifully decayed dice (when dice age, they can be chipped and crusted, appearing to be made of salt or ice).

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Author and actor Ricky Jay (Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women) gathers four years of his quarterly Jay's Journal of Anomalies in one volume of the same name.

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After the success of "Learned Pigs," Jay began going through his voluminous collection of material devoted to conjuring, circuses, confidence games and eccentric performers, and in the spring of 1994 he started publishing Jay's Journal of Anomalies, a publication that appeared more or less quarte...

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