Learned pigs & fireproof women

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Villard Books, Oct 12, 1986 - Performing Arts - 340 pages
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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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Contents

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