Learned pigs & fireproof women

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Villard Books, Oct 12, 1986 - Performing Arts - 340 pages
18 Reviews
A fun and brilliantly researched history of the strangest entertainers in show business history by Ricky Jay, one of the great magicians working today and the self-styled "scholar of the unusual". Black-and-white photographs and color illustrations.

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Review: Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women

User Review  - Kurt - Goodreads

Ricky Jay has such an established reputation as a smooth customer quick with the tossed off patter and legendary prestidigitation, that you feel like you are enjoying his book more than you are. It's ... Read full review

Review: Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women

User Review  - Tom Schulte - Goodreads

Actor and performer Ricky Jay brings a dry wit and passionate scholarship to this overview of historical exhibition freaks, oddball performers, and unusual talents. Jay focuses on the chief talents ... Read full review

Contents

SAMUEL GILBERT SCOTT AND OTHER DAREDEVILS
147
THE HUMOROUS HUMAN CARD
213
GETTING INTO BOXES BOTTLES
221
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

Ricky Jay is one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists and an expert in the world of fantastic entertainment. His award-winning one-man shows were directed by David Mamet, in whose many films Mr. Jay has appeared. He is the author of "New York Times" Notable Books "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women" and "Jay's Journal of Anomalies" and most recently "Dice: Deception, Fate, & Rotten Luck" with photographs by Rosamond Purcell, the latter two published by The Quantuck Lane Press. He lives in Los Angeles. Rosamond Purcell is known for her collaborations with Stephen Jay Gould, often in conjunction with natural history museums, including "Illuminations, Finders Keepers" and "Special Cases". Her work has been exhibited at major museums nationwide, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Academy of Science, and The Victoria and Albert in London, among many others. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.