Ricky Jay

Biography: Famous for his astounding ability to throw playing cards, and is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for throwing a playing card a hundred and ninety feet at ninety miles an hour. From ten paces he can throw a playing card into the flesh of a watermelon.

Serious scholar of unusual performances, and is the author of "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women", which chronicles the bizarre performers found in circuses, sideshows and other odd places (a copy of which appears prominently among Stanley's volumes on a table in Magnolia (1999)). He is also the author of "Cards as Weapons".

Jay is noted as one of magic's expert card technicians. Jay is also the curator of the Milbourne Christopher collection of magic in the Los Angeles area. The late Christopher wrote the seminal "Illustrated History of Magic."

Sleight-of-hand expert.

Ricky Jay's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 65
Highest Metascore: 79 Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Lowest Metascore: 47 Heartbreakers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
11 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
79 Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Apr 17, 2013 Himself 8.4
77 Magnolia Dec 17, 1999 Burt Ramsey/Narrator 6.7
75 State and Main Dec 22, 2000 Jack 6.4
70 The Spanish Prisoner Apr 3, 1998 George Lang 7.4
69 Redbelt May 2, 2008 Marty Brown 6.7
67 Last Days Jul 22, 2005 Detective 5.4
66 Heist Nov 9, 2001 Don 'Pinky' Pincus 7.6
63 The Great Buck Howard Mar 20, 2009 Gil Bellamy 7.2
56 Tomorrow Never Dies Dec 19, 1997 Henry Gupta 7.9
55 The Brothers Bloom May 15, 2009 Narrator 8.4
47 Heartbreakers Mar 23, 2001 Dawson's Auctioneer 8.7