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Short Info

Date Of Birth1948
SpouseChrisann Verges
MarkFrequently cast in 'David Mamet' and Paul Thomas Anderson movies.
FactWith Michael Weber, Ricky Jay runs a consulting firm called Deceptive Practices that advises movie, TV, and theater directors on various illusions, magic secrets, and con artistry techniques that may be needed during their productions.

Ricky Jay is an American actor, writer, and magician. He was born on June 26, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish parents. His father, Max Silverstein, was a businessman, and his mother, Helen, was a homemaker. Ricky has two older sisters, Ronnie and Ellen. He was educated at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City.

Ricky began his career as a professional magician at the age of 17. He has performed his illusions on stage, television, and film. He has also written several books on magic and its history. Ricky’s most famous magic trick is the “Miser’s Dream”, in which he makes coins appear and disappear.

Ricky has appeared in many films, including “The Prestige” (2006), “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (2013), and “Now You See Me” (2013). He has also appeared on television shows such as “Breaking Bad” (2008) and “Mad Men” (2007).

Ricky is divorced from his first wife, Elizabeth. He has two daughters from his second marriage, to Jennifer. Ricky currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Ricky Jay’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has earned his wealth through his career as an actor, writer, and magician.

General Info

Full NameRicky Jay
Date Of Birth1948
Height1.65 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Voice Actor, Author, Consultant, Magician
EducationCornell University


SpouseChrisann Verges


AwardsObie Award for Special Citations, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast, Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Visiting Production
MoviesBoogie Nights, Magnolia, The Prestige, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, Tomorrow Never Dies, Heist, Redbelt, Things Change, State and Main, The Illusionist, The Great Buck Howard, The Brothers Bloom, Mystery Men, Heartbreakers, The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky, Incident at Loch Ness,...
TV ShowsDeadwood, Teen Titans Go!

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#Marks / Signs
1Frequently cast in 'David Mamet' and Paul Thomas Anderson movies.


1With Michael Weber, Ricky Jay runs a consulting firm called Deceptive Practices that advises movie, TV, and theater directors on various illusions, magic secrets, and con artistry techniques that may be needed during their productions.
2In 2005, the Christine Burgin Gallery in Manhattan hosted an exhibit of his "extensive collection of material related to the history of deception" -- particularly his collection of "spirit" photographs. In conjunction with the exhibit at the Burgin Gallery, he also gave a talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called "Sleight and Shadow.".
3Frequently casts into David Mamet's movies.
4Sleight of hand expert.
5He is noted as one of magic's expert card technicians. He was the curator of the Mulholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts.
6Serious scholar of unusual performances and the author of 'Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women' which chronicles the bizarre performers found in circuses, sideshows, and other odd places - a copy of which appears prominently amongst Stanley's volumes on a table in Magnolia (1999). Also the author of 'Extraordinary Exhibitions', 'Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck', 'Jay's Journal of Anomalies', and 'Cards as Weapons'.
7Famous 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.




The Automatic Hate2015Uncle Josh
Getting On2014TV SeriesThoracic Surgeon
Breathe Life Radio TV2013TV Series
Teen Titans Go!2013TV SeriesNarrator
The End of 'Sluggers'2011Short
Lost Masterpieces of Pornography2010Video shortNarrator
Flashforward2009-2010TV SeriesTed Flosso / Man in Warehouse
Lie to Me2009TV SeriesMason Brock
The Unit2007-2009TV SeriesAgent Kern
The Brothers Bloom2008Narrator (voice)
Redbelt2008Marty Brown
The Great Buck Howard2008Gil Bellamy
Kidnapped2006-2007TV SeriesRoger Prince
The Prestige2006Milton
Last Days2005Detective
Deadwood2004TV SeriesEddie Sawyer
Incident at Loch Ness2004Party Guest
Heist2001Don 'Pinky' Pincus
Heartbreakers2001Dawson's Auctioneer
State and Main2000Jack
The X-Files2000TV SeriesThe Amazing Maleeni / Herman Pinchbeck / Albert Pinchbeck
Magnolia1999Burt Ramsey / Narrator
Mystery Men1999Vic Weems
Tomorrow Never Dies1997Henry Gupta
Hacks1997/IThe Hat
Boogie Nights1997Kurt Longjohn
The Spanish Prisoner1997George Lang
The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky1995TV MovieHawkes
Ring of the Musketeers1992TV MovieKerns (as Rickey Jay)
The Water Engine1992TV MovieRatty Inventor
Civil Wars1991TV SeriesLenny NiCastro
Things Change1988Mr. Silver
House of Games1987George / Vegas Man
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesBird
A Midsummer Night's Dream1982TV MoviePhilostrate


The Great Buck Howard2008technical consultant: magic
Ocean's Thirteen2007consultant
The Prestige2006technical advisor: magic
The Illusionist2006technical advisor: magic
The Affair of the Necklace2001technical consultant
Heist2001technical consultant
Heartbreakers2001technical consultant: con games
The Parent Trap1998technical consultant
The Spanish Prisoner1997technical consultant
Congo1995illusion creator / technical consultant
Forrest Gump1994illusion wheelchair designer
Wolf1994technical consultant
I Love Trouble1994technical consultant
Leap of Faith1992consultant: cons and frauds
Sneakers1992sleight of hand consultant
The Magic Balloon1990Short technical consultant
House of Games1987consultant: confidence games
The Believers1987technical consultant
The Natural1984technical consultant
New Magic1983Short magic advisor
The Escape Artist1982technical advisor


The Unit2007TV Series story - 1 episode
Deadwood2004TV Series written by - 1 episode
Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants1996TV Movie
The Secret Cabaret1990TV Series writer - 1992
Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women1989TV Movie

Music Department

A Midsummer Night's Dream1982TV Movie music effects


Invent Nothing, Deny Nothing: Five Guys from Mamet's HOMICIDE2009Video documentary short special thanks
That Moment: Magnolia Diary2000Video documentary thanks


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay2012DocumentaryHimself
The Simpsons2011TV SeriesHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Sleight-of-hand Entertainment Historian
60 Minutes2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Conmen Expert (segment "Pigeon Fever")
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News2009TV SeriesHimself
Invent Nothing, Deny Nothing: Five Guys from Mamet's HOMICIDE2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2007TV SpecialHimself
After Hours with Daniel Boulud2007TV SeriesHimself
David Mamet on 'House of Games'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Ricky Jay Plays Poker2007Video documentary shortHimself
Making of Last Days2005Video shortHimself
MythBusters2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998-2002TV SeriesHimself
Grateful Dawg2000DocumentaryHimself
That Moment: Magnolia Diary2000Video documentaryHimself
Mysteries of Magic1997TV Movie documentaryHost
Hustlers, Hoaxsters, Pranksters, Jokesters and Ricky Jay1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHimself
Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants1996TV MovieHimself
The Secret Cabaret1990TV SeriesHimself
Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women1989TV MovieHimself
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself
The Paul Daniels Magic Show1985TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1979TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1978TV SeriesHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1977TV SeriesHimself - Magician
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHimself / Patron
Parkinson1976TV SeriesHimself
Doug Henning's World of Magic1976TV SpecialHimself - Special Guest
ABC Late Night1973TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Diálogos de cine2008TV MovieKurt Longjohn


Won Awards

2001FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastState and Main (2000)
2001OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleState and Main (2000)
2000FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastMagnolia (1999)
2000NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleState and Main (2000)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleMagnolia (1999)
1998FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastBoogie Nights (1997)

Nominated Awards

2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureMagnolia (1999)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastBoogie Nights (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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