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Famous entertainer Ricky Jay has passed away. The magician, actor, and consultant died Saturday in Los Angeles of natural causes. In addition to having a long career as a magician, Jay also appeared in several films and TV shows such as Magnolia (as the narrator), Tomorrow Never Dies, Boogie Nights, The X-Files, and Deadwood. Jay left a big impression on those he met, and several figures in Hollywood have shared their condolences over Twitter.
Ricky Jay was probably best known as a magician. Performing his first trick at the age of four, Jay was an expert at sleight of hand, deception, and card tricks. Jay and his long career were the subject of a 2012 film, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay. He also served as host and narrator for the A&E documentary mini-series, The Story of Magic. Fellow magician and actor Neil Patrick Harris shared his condolences on Twitter, writing about Jay's vast knowledge and appreciation of magic.
In addition to being an actor, Jay was the consultant on films such as Ocean's Thirteen, The Prestige, and The Illusionist. He also provided insight on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and director Christopher McQuarrie shared a story about how a simple comment from Jay served as inspiration for the climax of the excellent opera sequence.
Brian Koppelman had the opportunity to work with Ricky Jay on a few different projects. Koppelman was a writer on Ocean's Thirteen and a producer on The Illusionist, two films that Jay consulted on. The Hollywood filmmaker took to Twitter to share his thoughts and sadness over Jay's passing, writing that Jay was one of his heroes and he exceeded expectations when they met.
Ricky Jay was 72 years old, and we here at CinemaBlend share our condolences to Jay's friends, family, and loved ones.