American magician and actor Ricky Jay has died of natural causes in Los Angeles, his manager has confirmed.
A 1993 profile of Jay in the New Yorker described him as “perhaps the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive”, able to baffle even fellow magicians with his skills.
The performer also appeared in films like Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Tributes have already begun to flood in from fellow magicians and actors.
Penn Jilette, of magic duo Penn & Teller, described him as “one of the best who ever lived”, while How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris called his death a “profound loss”.