Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants

Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants ★★★★★

I very sincerely doubt we’ll ever see someone like Ricky Jay again, a master practitioner of magic and trickery that also happened to be a walking encyclopedia of magic and trickery, and I’m truly glad we got this hour-long presentation of Jay pulling out some of his longest-standing sleights of hand in front of an adoring audience. Mamet directs it in a very simple manner (almost like Kevin Smith directed it), but it’s a documenting of a dude doing magic onstage, that’s entirely fine. What makes the special, though, is Jay’s remarkable patter and ability to conjure up both remarkable figures centuries dead and some pretty nifty jokes, a necessary ingredient in any good magician’s act. The whole special is on YouTube, so do yourself a favor and give it a watch. Shout out to the watermelon’s pachydermal hyde.