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Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

Filmmaker Interview with Molly Bernstein

When I first saw Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants, in a small theater in Manhattan (1994), I knew nothing about magic and I was astounded to learn this was a whole huge artistic field that is like no other. It is a totally low-tech form of entertainment. It’s a guy sitting at a table […]

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

The New Yorker Profile of Ricky Jay

Launching the series’ 29th season, American Masters — Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice premieres nationwide Friday, January 23, 2015, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Here is a look back at an in-depth profile in The New Yorker from 1993, when Jay had recently formed his consulting company, Deceptive Practices. “Secrets of the Magus” by […]

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Timeline: Bing Crosby’s Life and Career

Follow entertainer Bing Crosby’s remarkable life, from growing up in Spokane, Washington, to his death after a good game of golf at a course in Madrid, Spain. He had four sons with his first wife Dixie Lee, who died at the age of 40 of cancer, and two sons and a daughter with his second […]

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

The Soundtrack of Bing Crosby Rediscovered

  American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered – The Soundtrack features songs heard in the documentary, including 16 previously unreleased recordings, and is available now via Bing Crosby Archive and Universal Music Enterprises. The 22 songs on the soundtrack are available to listen to here on American Masters, and on Spotify, a streaming music platform. Among […]

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Bing by the Numbers. His Amazing Music Records

Place your cursor over the image for the answer! Bing Crosby by the Numbers in the Music Bing Crosby has sold close to one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world. He may be the biggest selling recording artist of all time. Only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson can […]

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Bing Crosby Biography

Essay by Gary Giddins, © 2007 To most Americans, he was the eternal Crooner: a much celebrated and beloved performer of unparalleled popularity. Yet Bing Crosby was far more than that: He was an architect of 20th century entertainment, a force in the development of three industries that barely existed when he came into the […]