Extraordinary Exhibitions:
The Wonderful Remains of an Enormous Head, The Whimsiphusicon & Death to the Savage Unitarians

RICKY JAY
This is an informal history of sensational, scientific, silly, satisfying and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century broadsides from the 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, or pen of the most ingenious writer, can sufficiently describe the elegance, symmetry, and prodigious accomplishments of those who pass in review within these pages…

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"Jay enthusiastically annotates a selection of broadsides and advertising ephemera from his copious collection . . . the large-format book with its fine color reproductions is a browser's delight." --The Onion

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RICKY JAY is one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists and an expert in 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 the author of New York Times Notable Books Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies and most recently Dice: Deception, Fate, & Rotten Luck with photographs by Rosamond Purcell, the latter two published by The Quantuck Lane Press. He lives in Los Angeles.

June 2005 $49.95 clothbound (Can. $73.00) ISBN 1-59372-012-2 10 x 13 inches 76 color reproductions 176 pages ENTERTAINMENT