Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women

Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women A cult classic and a work of remarkable scholarship this title is an investigation into the inspired world of side shows circuses and singularly talented performers Jay s unparalleled collection of

A cult classic and a work of remarkable scholarship, this title is an investigation into the inspired world of side shows, circuses, and singularly talented performers Jay s unparalleled collection of books, posters, photographs, programs, broadsides, and data about unjustifiably forgotten entertainers all over the world made this unique book possible.

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Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women

About Author

  1. Ricky Jay born Richard Jay Potash in 1948 is an American stage magician, actor, and writer.Born to a Jewish American family, Jay is considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled sleight of hand experts in the United States He is notable for his signature card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter At least two of his shows, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem, were directed by David Mamet, who has also cast Jay in a number of his films Jay has appeared in productions by other directors, notably Paul Thomas Anderson s Boogie Nights and Magnolia, as well as The Prestige and season one of HBO s Deadwood as card sharp Eddie Sawyer.Until recently, Ricky Jay was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for throwing a playing card 190 ft at 90 miles per hour the current record is 216 ft, by Rick Smith, Jr Ricky Jay can throw a playing card into a watermelon rind which he refers to as the thick, pachydermatous outer melon layer of the most prodigious of household fruits from ten paces.


Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women Comment

  1. Ricky Jay is one of the world s most accomplished showmen, a world renowned magician and sleight of hand artist, particularly famed for his card throwing stunts He is the author of Cards as Weapons In this affectionate and entertaining book, Jay presents a mind boggling array of oddball performers, everything from calculating horses to armless artists Jay s style has a trace of the academic to it, but he wears his mantle of scholarship in a rakish manner One can imagine a twinkle in Jay s eye as [...]

  2. A well written book on a fascinating subject While it s not Ricky Jay s fault that the sources on stories included herein are scarce and untrustworthy, it does make for a frustrating read The catalog nature of the book means there s little depth, and often a dry breadth to the list of individuals, acts, and events presented.

  3. Just as good as I expected A true classic of the genre, an incredible collection of amazing stories of people who lived in the twilight zone Not for everyone but if you like magic and sideshows, you ll like this one In fact, I may just re read it right away.

  4. A small bit of personal trivia to kick this mini review off I ve actually had this book sitting on my shelf for a few years Early in our relationship, my now husband I were both totally obsessed with the TV show Deadwood Within a few months, we both ended up giving the other books by Ricky Jay, who was in the first season I gave him Jay s Journal of Anomalies he gave me this book We re darling, aren t we It wasn t until we recently watched the documentary Deceptive Practice The Mysteries and Men [...]

  5. If there were any doubt that I am my father s son, the progressive ossification of my OCD tendencies with each passing year would definitively remove it I ve been on something of a Ricky Jay jag since viewing Deceptive Practice on American Masters a couple of weeks ago In this instance, at least, my compulsive interest is satisfyingly fitting Master conjuror and rare books maven Ricky Jay is an obsessive s obsessive I find his astonishing erudition in historical arcana from the less reputable av [...]

  6. 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 than you are It s a nice trick There is value to this compendium of historical entertainment oddities Otherwise lost to the footlight footnotes, Ricky Jay affectionately brings to renewed life those who entertained and fascinated the world mostly prior to 1900 by being mind readers, fireproof, brilliant pigs, flying horse [...]

  7. I REALLY like this book but it wasn t amazingl I wish there were a 4 1 2 rating Ricky Jay, apparently a well known magician has written a book on the extremely interesting offbeat stars of the past vaudeville type entertainment His style is extremely good and very easy to read and he includes some great humor This book was one of the bases for the book Pyg which I reviewed elsewhere But it also deals with several armless and or legless wonders who could paint the armless woman, Miss Biffin who w [...]

  8. Contents Introduction1 Harry Kahne The Multiple Mental Marvel2 Procine Prophets and Pig Faced Ladies3 Attenuation as Art Willard, The Man Who Grows4 More Than the Sum of Their Parts Matthew Buchinger, Sarah Biffin, and Other Anomalies of Nature5 Blind Tom6 Max Malini The Last of the Mountebanks7 Datas The Man Who Knew Too Much8 Equine Amusements9 Genius or Charlatan Walford Bodie, M.D.10 Born to a Drier Death Than Diving Samuel Gilbert Scott and Other Daredevils11 A Few Words About Death and Sho [...]

  9. The best story in this great, invaluable collection of magic, carnival and curiosity stories is the one about Johnny Eck, a man with just a torso for a body who was featured in Tod Browning s cult movie Freaks Eck s identical twin brother was recruited by a magician to be the chosen member of the audience to undergo the classic sawed in half in a box trick Unbeknownst to the audience, the twin was substituted onstage with a man comprise of Eck and a dwarf who wore a pair of pants from head to to [...]

  10. A look at some of the freaks, wonders, curiosities and con men of the past From mentalists like Harry Kahne to limbless marvels like Matthew Buchinger and Sarah Biffin, from water spouters to growers, from learned animals of all types to Max Petomane the farting impressionist, there s quite a lot to wonder at.Some of the acts get only the briefest of mentions, which left me a bit dissatisfied, questions arising than facts presented When Jay deigns to write a lengthier investigation, complete wi [...]

  11. I m sorry, maybe I m missing something here, but this book is not nearly as marvelous as everyone claims The entertainers profiled are not nearly as odd as claimed The guy who could produce any scrap of paper named by the audience The guy who could maneuver a ball up a ramp while curled within The man who stretches his body a few inches They sound interesting, but there s not much to the book than is evident in the sentences you just read.Jay seems to have done his research through advertising [...]

  12. A crazy anthology of weirdo stuff, collected by my current hero Ricky Jay, magic and oddity historian extraordinare.My favorite chapters concern the Learned Pig who wowed Boston in the early 1700s with his whizbang intellect and titillating autobiography and the story of Mathew Buchinger, the armless, legless calligrapher, magician, trick bowler, mind reader and lover who became known as THE GREATEST GERMAN LIVING during his lifetime.

  13. 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, originators, and masters of the obscure, amazing, and even disturbing Card picking quadrupeds, fire eaters, memory masters, trick divers, and populate this singular work of history which led to a TV special.

  14. A fun read and glimpse into another time The one drawback is brief discussion about animal cruelty in some of the acts I m glad the book is factual but it made me really dislike a few of the performers Re animal rights, amazing audiences of another time would accept this behavior as entertainment.

  15. This book was recommended to me by , because I liked a book on Houdini and other illusionists I must admit I liked the other book better then this one It s a great catalogue of eccentric entertainers, but it s a bit dry The flyers, pictures and other original pieces about the history of entertainment are quite interesting,

  16. Ricky Jay is a famous magician and historian of magic you may have seen him in some of David Mamet s movies.In this book he describes some performance acts that will amaze you It will expand your conception of what human beings are capable of.

  17. A great book as James Randi says, the most satisfying array of oddities, marvels and novelties than has been gathered together in a blue moon and of course, after all the ROy HG references, the full story of Le Petomane Just a great read from someone who clearly respects his topics.

  18. haven t read it yet but I love Ricky s work and he is a very nice man, very intelligent and very enthusiastic about his work I am sure I will love this book whenever I am able to pick it up somewhere.

  19. I think I built up this book too much, because I couldn t get my hands on it for a few years The subjects are extremely interesting, but I think I was expecting better writing from Ricky Jay He speaks so wonderfully, but his writing was pretty stiff.

  20. An excellent history of eccentric entertainers singing mice, armless violininists and human volcanoes Beautifully illustrated with reproductions of old publicity material, this is a must for all lovers of the strange and stupifying.

  21. I m a sucker for sideshows and cons, plus there somethings lyrically soothing about the way Ricky Jay writes about it all.This is a reference book than a straight read, but that didn t stop me.

  22. Jay s Journal of Anomalies is better, less simplistic When he wants to be, he s a crackerjack writer Who knew Plus, I can never get enough flea circuses.

  23. A fantastic collection of odd people and odder stories that you couldn t find anywhere else If you re into magicians, entertainers, or just weird history in general, this is a great read.

  24. A great book that gives some history on the circus sideshow performers of the past and the lives they lived Interesting.

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