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."
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