Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay (born Richard Jay Potash) was an actor, magician, cardsharp, and film consultant. Ricky's love and deep study of card tricks and deception gained him worldwide fame and respect, and he was often called in to consult for movies and TV shows where deception was a key element of the story. Ricky was an exceptional close-up magician and playing-card handler, but he also acted in movies such as Boogie Nights, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Magnolia, as well as TV shows like the X-Files, HBO's Deadwood, and David Mamet's The Unit, always playing intense characters who seemed to know everything but only handed out information in riddles and suggestions.

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The Prestige (2006)

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A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Scarlett Johansson

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Scarlett Johansson

Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

Boogie Nights (1997)

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Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

House of Games (1987)

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A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Lindsay Crouse  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Mike Nussbaum  •  J.T. Walsh

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Lindsay Crouse  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Mike Nussbaum  •  J.T. Walsh

Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

When renowned director Werner Herzog and fellow filmmaker Zak Penn set off to explore the legend of Scotland's Loch Ness monster, they uncover much more than they bargained for. Unexplained sightings of the creature and chaos among the crew create an uneasy feeling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zak Penn
CAST:  Werner Herzog  •  Kitana Baker  •  Gabriel Beistain  •  Russell Williams II

When renowned director Werner Herzog and fellow filmmaker Zak Penn set off to explore the legend of Scotland's Loch Ness monster, they uncover much more than they bargained for. Unexplained sightings of the creature and chaos among the crew create an uneasy feeling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zak Penn
CAST:  Werner Herzog  •  Kitana Baker  •  Gabriel Beistain  •  Russell Williams II

Last Days (2005)

The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Michael Pitt  •  Lukas Haas  •  Asia Argento  •  Scott Patrick Green

The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Michael Pitt  •  Lukas Haas  •  Asia Argento  •  Scott Patrick Green

State and Main (2000)

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  William H. Macy  •  Sarah Jessica Parker

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  William H. Macy  •  Sarah Jessica Parker

The Spanish Prisoner (1998)

An inventor of a secret process suddenly finds himself alone as both his friends and the corporation he works for turn against him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Campbell Scott  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Rebecca Pidgeon

An inventor of a secret process suddenly finds himself alone as both his friends and the corporation he works for turn against him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Campbell Scott  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Rebecca Pidgeon

Mystery Men (1999)

When Champion City's hero Captain Amazing is kidnapped by the recently paroled supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, a trio of average, everyday superheroes -- Mr. Furious, the Shoveler and the Blue Raja -- assemble a new super team to save him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kinka Usher
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  William H. Macy  •  Kel Mitchell

When Champion City's hero Captain Amazing is kidnapped by the recently paroled supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, a trio of average, everyday superheroes -- Mr. Furious, the Shoveler and the Blue Raja -- assemble a new super team to save him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kinka Usher
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  William H. Macy  •  Kel Mitchell

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world's superpowers against each other. Now James Bond must take on this evil mastermind in an adrenaline-charged battle to end his reign of terror and prevent global pandemonium.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Michelle Yeoh  •  Teri Hatcher

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world's superpowers against each other. Now James Bond must take on this evil mastermind in an adrenaline-charged battle to end his reign of terror and prevent global pandemonium.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Michelle Yeoh  •  Teri Hatcher

Heist (2001)

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Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Danny DeVito  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Sam Rockwell

Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Danny DeVito  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Sam Rockwell

Homicide (1991)

A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Joe Mantegna  •  William H. Macy  •  J.J. Johnston  •  Rebecca Pidgeon

A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Joe Mantegna  •  William H. Macy  •  J.J. Johnston  •  Rebecca Pidgeon

The Great Buck Howard (2008)

When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McGinly
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Colin Hanks  •  Emily Blunt  •  Ricky Jay

When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McGinly
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Colin Hanks  •  Emily Blunt  •  Ricky Jay

Ring of the Musketeers (1992)

Modern day "Musketeers" attempt to become protectors of the inocent. While the biking trio rescue kindnapped children, guard witnesses, and chase mafia types, they also seek the missing fourth musketeer, who wears the famous musketeers' ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paragon
CAST:  David Hasselhoff  •  Thomas Gottschalk  •  Cheech Marin  •  Alison Doody

Modern day "Musketeers" attempt to become protectors of the inocent. While the biking trio rescue kindnapped children, guard witnesses, and chase mafia types, they also seek the missing fourth musketeer, who wears the famous musketeers' ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paragon
CAST:  David Hasselhoff  •  Thomas Gottschalk  •  Cheech Marin  •  Alison Doody

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)

The life and career of renowned magician and sleight of hand artist Ricky Jay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Molly Bernstein
CAST:  Ricky Jay  •  Dick Cavett  •  Winston Simon  •  David Mamet

The life and career of renowned magician and sleight of hand artist Ricky Jay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Molly Bernstein
CAST:  Ricky Jay  •  Dick Cavett  •  Winston Simon  •  David Mamet

Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (2010)

This lost masterpiece of pornography was recently discovered in a woodworking shop of a Beverly Hills dentist. June Crenshaw (Kristen Bell) was known as the 'sex kitten' of the Supreme Court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Ricky Jay  •  Bob Jennings  •  Ed O'Neill

This lost masterpiece of pornography was recently discovered in a woodworking shop of a Beverly Hills dentist. June Crenshaw (Kristen Bell) was known as the 'sex kitten' of the Supreme Court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Ricky Jay  •  Bob Jennings  •  Ed O'Neill

Sink or Swim (1997)

Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Rosen
CAST:  Stephen Rea  •  Illeana Douglas  •  Jason Priestley  •  Olivia d'Abo

Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Rosen
CAST:  Stephen Rea  •  Illeana Douglas  •  Jason Priestley  •  Olivia d'Abo

Things Change (1988)

Jerry, a misfit Mafia henchman, is assigned the low-level job of keeping an eye on Gino, a shoe repairman fingered by the Mob to confess to a murder he didn't commit. But Gino's mistaken for a Mafia boss, and the two are suddenly catapulted to the highest levels of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Don Ameche  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Robert Prosky  •  J.J. Johnston

Jerry, a misfit Mafia henchman, is assigned the low-level job of keeping an eye on Gino, a shoe repairman fingered by the Mob to confess to a murder he didn't commit. But Gino's mistaken for a Mafia boss, and the two are suddenly catapulted to the highest levels of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Don Ameche  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Robert Prosky  •  J.J. Johnston

The Automatic Hate (2015)

When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Justin Lerner
CAST:  Joseph Cross  •  Adelaide Clemens  •  Ricky Jay  •  Deborah Ann Woll

When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Justin Lerner
CAST:  Joseph Cross  •  Adelaide Clemens  •  Ricky Jay  •  Deborah Ann Woll

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rian Johnson
CAST:  Rachel Weisz  •  Adrien Brody  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Rinko Kikuchi

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rian Johnson
CAST:  Rachel Weisz  •  Adrien Brody  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Rinko Kikuchi
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