Jay's Journal of Anomalies

Jay's Journal of Anomalies

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

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a journey into the history of bizarre entertainments, such as dogs stealing acts from other dogs, an anthropological hoax involving the only survivors of a caste of Aztec priests, and a diet of only air.

Book News
Following his Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women sleight-of- hand performer Jay compiles and comments on advertising for conjurers, cheats, hustlers, hoaxsters, pranksters, sideshow showmen, armless calligraphers, mechanical marvels, popular entertainments, and other weird stuff. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
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.


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The complete set of quarterlies offers an entertaining journey into the history of bizarre entertainments, such as dogs stealing acts from other dogs, an anthropological hoax involving the only survivors of a caste of Aztec preiests, and a diet of only air.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 202 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780374178673
0374178674
Branch Call Number: 791.0922 Jay

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