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Celebrations of Curious Characters

By Ricky Jay

Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay — raconteur, historian, one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists, friend and contributor to the Museum of Jurassic Technology — exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular radio series “Jay’s Journal of the Air,” this handsome volume features one-page anecdotes of mind-bending performers (limbless jugglers, banjo-picking birds, Anglo-Texan saxophone-playing siamese twins) paired with engravings, mezzotints, and broadsheets from the author’s remarkable collection.

Certain of Mr. Jay's broadsheets (not included in this volume), describing the exploits of the "Learned Birds" and other avian heroes, are currently on kind loan to the Museum of Jurassic Technology and may be viewed during open hours.

McSweeney's Books, 2011, hardcover, 111 pages.

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