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Magician Ricky Jay to speak, Nov. 21

Magician Ricky Jay will speak about "Sleight and Shadow," the relationship of magicians to mediums, at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov, 21, in McCosh 10.

While this is a talk rather than a performance, Jay is likely to do a few magic tricks by way of illustration. An actor in many films, including "House of Games," "Spanish Prisoner" and "Boogie Nights," and star of the "X-Files" episode, "The Great Maleeni," Jay is also known as a scholar of eccentric and amazing phenomena.

Two of his books, "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" and "Jay's Journal of Anomalies," have been designated New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His most recent book is "Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck." His one-man show "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants," was directed by David Mamet and received an Obie Award in 1996.

Jay's lecture is sponsored by the Council of the Humanities. He is serving as a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, joining a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists, including Chuck Close, Don DeLillo, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Richard Serra, Maurice Sendak and Toshiko Takaezu, who have come to Princeton through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912.

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