Ricky Jay

1946 - 2018

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Richard Jay Potash (June 26, 1946 – November 24, 2018) was an American stage magician, actor and writer. In a profile for The New Yorker, Mark Singer called Jay "perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive". In addition to sleight of hand, Jay was known for his card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ricky Jay has received more than 1,154,801 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Ricky Jay is the 8th most popular magician, the 7,780th most popular biography from United States and the 4th most popular American Magician.

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Among magicians, Ricky Jay ranks 8 out of 11Before her are David Copperfield, Uri Geller, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, James Randi, David Blaine, and Criss Angel. After her are Penn Jillette, Dynamo, and Derren Brown.

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Among people born in 1946, Ricky Jay ranks 491Before her are Galina Starovoytova, Rudy Rucker, Reggie Jackson, Viivi Luik, María Teresa Ruiz, and Peter Lorimer. After her are Supachai Panitchpakdi, Zinaida Turchyna, Brian Henton, Paavo Väyrynen, Tom Harrell, and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. Among people deceased in 2018, Ricky Jay ranks 358Before her are Frank Ramsey, Olga Jackowska, E. C. George Sudarshan, Patricia Morison, Ray Wilson, and Alberto Fouilloux. After her are Steven Bochco, Győző Forintos, Arthur Barnard, Branislav Pokrajac, Aleksei Paramonov, and Didier Lockwood.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ricky Jay ranks 7,780 out of 15,968Before her are Herbert Friedman (1916), A Martinez (1948), Mary Katharine Brandegee (1844), Scott Hall (1958), Jack Shea (1910), and Verna Felton (1890). After her are Slim Pickens (1919), Jaden Smith (1998), Alfred Mosher Butts (1899), Greta Gerwig (1983), Eric Betzig (1960), and Joseph P. Allen (1937).

Among MAGICIANS In United States

Among magicians born in United States, Ricky Jay ranks 4Before her are David Copperfield (1956), David Blaine (1973), and Criss Angel (1967). After her are Penn Jillette (1955).