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EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS. BROADSIDES FROM THE COLLECTION OF RICKY JAY.

Jay, Ricky.

ISBN 10: 1593720122 / ISBN 13: 9781593720124
Published by THE QUANTUCK LANE PRESS., NY, 2005
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INSCRIBED by magician, actor & author Ricky Jay on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dj. (176pp.) (10 1/4" X 13 1/4") Heavily illustrated. Bookseller Inventory # 313723

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Title: EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS. BROADSIDES FROM ...

Publisher: THE QUANTUCK LANE PRESS., NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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An informal history of sensational, scientific, silly, satisfying, and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century broadsides from Ricky Jay's extraordinary collection.

It includes observations on the convention of promoting such appearances, digressions on the manner and method of printing advertisements to do so, and insights into the psychology employed to that end. All are compiled in a monograph that is itself a shameless attempt to entertain and elucidate.

It is the contention of the author that neither the tongue of the most florid orator, nor pen of the most ingenious writer, can sufficiently describe the elegance, symmetry, and prodigious accomplishments of those who pass in review within these pages

Included are broadsides advertising: an armless dulcimer player, a ghost showman, a singing mouse, a chess-playing automaton, a cannon ball juggler, an African hermaphrodite, a chicken incubator, a rabbi with prodigious memory, a ventriloquist, a spirit medium, a glass blower, a woman magician, a speaking machine, a mermaid, a bullet catcher, a flea circus, and an equestrian bee keeper. Illustrated throughout

About the Author:

Ricky Jay is one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists and an expert on the world of fantastic entertainment. His award-winning one-man shows were directed by David Mamet, in whose many films Mr. Jay has appeared. He is author of New York Times Notable Books Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Jay's Journal of Anomalies, Extraordinary Exhibitions, and Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck with Rosamond Purcell. He lives in Los Angeles.

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