Tuesday, April 27, 2010
It is April. In celebration of this blogs one year existence, the whole month will be winner time. Only the coolest and best members of our elite circle of nerds will be featured.
Today: Ricky Jay!
Let me start by saying: I don't like Ricky Jay. Something about his charisma makes me feel uneasy. I cannot point my finger on what it is that makes me feel weird. Yet I have to admit, he really knows his stuff. And unlike a lot of performers he is able to just shut up.
Why is he a winner in my book? I stated that I don't like him. Well he is able to polarize. I know a few people who love what he does and there are a few who don't like him either. And that is a mark of a good artist in my opinion. I cannot say he sucks, all I can say is that I don't like him and that is poor on my part and by the nature of balance a great achievement for Ricky Jay.
His patter is well scripted, his effects are strong and his sleight of hand is well rehearsed. How can I not make him a magic winner?
So whenever Ricky Jay comes to my mind, another feeling, aside from dislike, crawls up. I call it respect!