TIGHT SPOT by Jay Sankey (DVD and Gimmick)
As Rick Lax says “Finger through coin is a good trick. But I’ve got enough coin tricks. A key is something DIFFERENT. And as Jay points out on the DVD, it already has tiny hole in it, which somehow makes it more believable that you could put your finger through it.”
The performer hands out an ordinary key to be examined and shows his hands undeniably empty (with his sleeves rolled up.) He then demonstrates a shocking series of optical illusions with the key, and finishes by somehow pushes his finger through the tiny hole in the key. A moment later, the key is handed back to the spectator’s for close examination. Instantly resets, requires only basic sleight of hand. Custom gimmick fits all sizes of fingers.
BONUS TRICK: RAINDANCE – Jay reveals the secrets to his extremely cool ‘Raindance’ effect where he causes a sip of water or liquor to appear inside the cap of an ordinary Sharpie marker.
About Jay Sankey
Jay Sankey is a true magician’s magician and is widely considered to be one of the most original thinkers and finest magic teachers alive today. He is also one of the most prolific magic creators on the planet. While many of his especially creative contemporaries have a few dozen original routines to their credit, at last count Jay has created well over 700 original magic effects.
Jay’s uncanny gift as magic inventor was evident from an early age. For his 11th birthday he was given a toy magic set and by the age of 18 he was travelling the world lecturing on the subject of sleight-of-hand magic to both professional and amateur magicians.
Somehow, Jay still made the time to graduate from the University of Toronto where he studied psychology, philosophy and film. As a performer, Jay has mystified audiences at private parties, trade shows, banquets and corporate functions including work for Coca-Cola, Honda, Chrysler, Panasonic, McDonald’s and Club Med.
Jay has also worked as a consultant for many of the world’s most famous magicians including Criss Angel, Keith Barry and David Copperfield. David Blaine has also performed Jay’s original magic routines. In conjunction with the Ottawa-based production company GAPC, Jay and his company Sankey Magic created the magic-based children’s television series “Spellz.” Jay also hosted the show for two seasons.
As a stand-up comic, Jay headlined comedy clubs for years and performed at the numerous festivals including two appearances at the prestigious “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal. And as a monologist Jay has mounted several live one-man shows including “Contents Under Pressure” (1996) and “Borrowed Breath” (1998). “Contents Under Pressure” was later produced for television by Sleeping Giant Productions and starring Jay it aired on BRAVO!
Jay’s experiences as both a professional comic and a monologist inspired him to write “Zen and the Art of the Monologue” as well as a book that is considered to be one of the modern bibles of stand-up comedy, “Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy.” Both books are published by Routledge in New York.
Jay lives in Toronto with his wife Lisa, and his two children Mason and Madelaine.