Jay's Journal of Anomalies

Jay's Journal of Anomalies

Conjurers, Cheats, Hustlers, Hoaxsters, Pranksters, Jokesters, Imposters, Pretenders, Sideshow Showmen, Armless Calligraphers, Mechanical Marvels, Popular Entertainments

Book - 2001 | 1st ed.
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A dazzling tour through the world of singular entertainers, con men, and unusual phenomena. For the past four years, the multitalented Ricky Jay (sleight-of-hand artist, author, actor, film consultant, and scholar of the unusual) has published a unique and beautifully designed quarterly called Jay's Journal of Anomalies. Already a coveted collector's item, the complete set is gathered here for the first time. A brilliant excursion into the history of bizarre entertainments, the journal covered such subjects as dogs stealing acts from other dogs, an anthropological hoax involving the only survivors of a caste of ancient Aztec priests, and the ultimate diet: ingesting only air.In a delectably deadpan and winning style, Jay conveys his admiration and affection for the offbeat that characterized his bestselling Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. He explains how wags since the sixteenth century have cheated at bowling; he explores the ancient relationship between conjuring and dentistry; and he chronicles the exploits of ceiling walkers and human flies. Crammed full of illustrations drawn from the author's massive personal archive, Jay's Journal of Anomalies will baffle, instruct, and, above all, delight.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374178673
0374178674
Branch Call Number: 791.0922 JAY
Characteristics: 202 p., [2] folded leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Journal of anomalies

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