Ricky Jay

Jun 26, 1946 – Nov 24, 2018 (Age 72)


Ricky Jay was a magician and popular character actor who starred in "Boogie Nights." He died November 24, 2018, at the age of 72, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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I first met Rick Jay in Teagle Hall, Cornell University, lthaca, NY. He played pickup basketball with me and other b-ball players and football players and others trying to stay in shape during the off seasons. Those included former Brooklyn federal prosecutor now NYC corporate counsel head Zachary W. Carter, former football star Ed Marinaro who became a star on Hill Street Blues, law student Arthur Eisenberg now NYCLU Executive Council and others. Sometimes we hung out together in College...

Ricky Jay was a master. The world has lost a great.

My sincer condolences to the Jay family for your loss. During this hard time may your family find comfort in God comforting words in psalms 94:19 were God says he will comfort and sooths those who are hurting.

Ricky stopped by my apartment with his booking agent many, many years ago. I had never met him before. After much pleading and cajoling on our part, he was finally persuaded to accept an ancient deck of cards which had been in my family for years and years. He looked it over briefly and then proceeded to regale my friend and I with one impossible trick and one amazing story after another for more than an hour. We sat there transfixed. Dumbfounded. Joyous. Astonished...we shouted, pounded on...

Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from God.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Ricky Jay was not only a Master Magician, he was a humorous, kind and humble person who always thought first of how best to please others. His knowledge of legerdemain was vast, but his capacity to entertain was limitless. His talent is unequalled, and his humility about how incredibly skilled he was, served to double the joy of every effect. We will miss you forever, RJ. I just know that you have some of the angels asking each other, "How DID he do that?"
With admiration...

Im very sorry to here of Rickys passing; he will be truly missed by many around the world. My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family.