I’ve been a fan of Ricky Jay since I saw him perform in San Diego when I was a kid. He was on tour throwing cards (and other magic and sleight of hand) when his book Cards as Weapons was published. Of course I bought a copy of that book, which of course is now gone, and of course the book now goes for about $200 if you can find a copy! Of course, I have his other books.
I didn’t get to see his recent Town Hall one-man show (damn!), but I’ve been catching him in the movies and on Deadwood, where he’s just about perfect.