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Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay--raconteur, historian, and one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists--exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular radio series "Jay's Journal of the Air," Celebrations of Curious Characters 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. You'll find engaging vignettes on a daunting variety of topics: musical prodigies, cannon-ball catchers, conmen, card cheats, and performing politicians. Plus, a man who made a model of Lincoln Cathedral out of 1,000,800 bottle corks; a woman continuously pregnant for six-and-a-half years; a theatrical strong man who became the world's leading Egyptologist; and a healthy number of digressions on time, money, and the argot of thieves.
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 695 g
Dimensions: 242 x 229 x 17 mm
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