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#1. I started doing radio pieces with no clear, preconceived idea, except that I have a tendency to be theatrical. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#2. Theft annoys me more than anything else. The purloining of effects from another magician. Some people think it's massive to steal the secrets of nuclear reactors, but to steal a card move is trivial. They're wrong. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#3. I think a lot of people just assumed I came to L.A. to do more television and get into show business. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#4. If it sounds too good to be true, it always is. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#5. I suppose that if I could only do one thing, a solid card effect would be pretty high on the list. That's the root of it all, sleight-of-hand. It's certainly the thing I feel most comfortable with. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#6. I know absolutely nothing about the 20th Century. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#7. Every acting gig isn't the same, every writing job isn't the same, every live performance isn't the same - the challenge is the level of difficulty or ease, and that may vary. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#8. I don't know what first got me to attack melons. It's not like I ate a bad one and got an upset stomach. It just eventually seemed like the appropriate fruit. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#9. Like every art form, there are jealousies and angers and competitiveness in magic. But there's camaraderie among magicians, whether you perform it for a living or you're an enthusiast. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#10. My father was the Formica King of Long Island, and my mother was the daughter of a Bengal Lancer in India. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#11. I never talk much about my family, but my grandfather was friendly with these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists on the highest levels, and I was just ... interested. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#12. For me, the most exciting thing is to create good magic that's entertaining for an audience, and it would be lovely if a magician was fooled as well. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#13. I'm much more interested in lesser-known eccentrics and characters and performers. Like Matthew Buchinger, who was born in Germany in 1674, had no arms or legs and yet did magic, and had 14 kids, and made the most extraordinary calligraphy. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#14. In the winters, I enrolled in the hotel management program at Cornell University. I naively thought that I knew something about sleight-of-hand, entertainment and food, and that would be all I needed. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#15. The book says we may be through with the past but the past ain't through with us. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#16. There are enormous dangers in thinking that the world online is the world as it exists, that what you get from your one stroke on the Internet is all there is to know. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#17. I was considered a comedy magician. And - how do I put this without sounding egotistical? - it didn't take me long to realize that comedy magicians usually couldn't do comedy or magic. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#18. Not only do I lie, I take real pleasure in lying, in the transmission of magic effects. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#19. One of the best sleight-of-hand guys I know is a plumber. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#20. I've been really lucky in terms of film projects with people, terrific actors and also writers and directors that I really respect. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#21. I love amazing people. I love dazzling them. That's why I think performing magic is one of the greatest things a person can do. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#22. I'm probably the only kid in history whose parents made him stop taking music lessons. They made me stop studying the accordion. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#23. I think the toughest thing about being an actor in a film is to be with a director who doesn't know what they want. And that can be really, really frustrating. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#24. Magic is a powerful art that can support a weak performer. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#25. Writing is the only thing in my life that doesn't get easier. It just doesn't. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#26. For this indiscretion Seneca relegates the emperor (Claudius) to a Sisyphean gamester's hell: condemned eternally to pick up the bones and thow them into a dice cup that has no bottom. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#27. I always read what I write out loud, and I did that long before any radio thing. My editor finds that unusual. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#28. Dai Vernon, the greatest sleight of hand figure in the history of the art, rarely performed. But he invented magic and had an enormous influence on the whole range of sleight of hand. And so often, the magic he was doing was to fool other magicians. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#29. I certainly was performing before my writing was published, because I was performing when I was very young. And the thing is I'm very comfortable on stage, so a large portion of my act did come from ad-libs. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#30. I grew up like Athena - covered with playing cards instead of armor - and, at the age of seven, materialized on a TV show, doing magic. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#31. That's one of the ways language evolved, by some very obscure form becoming common usage. And I must say that I'm very intrigued by use of language and slang, and criminal underground terms. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#32. The pain is bad magicians ripping off good ones, doing magic badly, and making a mockery of the art. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#33. Magicians from the nineteenth century threw cards distances, but I think I'm the first one who made a thing about using them as weapons. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#34. Unlike other Jewish families, we didn't go out for Chinese food on Sundays, but we spent our time in a world of baking powder biscuits and the best shrimp cocktails that ever were. - Author: Ricky Jay
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#35. I wasn't obsessed by magic. People say, 'How you can you claim you practiced eight hours a day and weren't obsessed?' Well, people go to a job they don't even like for eight hours a day; it's not obsessive if it's something you like. - Author: Ricky Jay
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