Gretchen Worden, Director of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA, and sleight of hand expert and actor Ricky Jay on this edition of Fresh Air.
Worden has put together a book of photographs of and from the museum's collection of human oddities and outdated medical models. It is one of the last medical museums from the nineteenth century. It originated with the collection of Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter who gathered unique specimens for teaching purposes. The museum displays many strange human artifacts, such as a slice of a face, amputated limbs, deformed fetuses and a plaster cast of the Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker.
Jay's recent book, Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck, is a collection of essays about the history of dice and the many ways of cheating at the game. Photographs by Rosamond Purcell accompany the text. The New York Times says of Jay, "He's a master's master." His other books include Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies. He's appeared in a number of David Mamet films and his one man shows include Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants and Ricky Jay: On the Stem. (Original Broadcast Dates: November 5, 2002 and December 2, 2002)