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The magic of Vail (or, in this case, Minturn)
The legendary steaks at the Minturn Country Club have kept the restaurant at the top of Vailís charts for almost 30 years, but thereís a little-known caveat to saddling up to the bar at the olí MCC: just ask for T.J.

The magic of Vail (or, in this case, Minturn)

By Tom Boyd

February 16, 2008 —  T.J. doesn't advertise it - in fact he's rather shy about it, but next time you go into the Minturn Country Club ask T.J. Ricci at the bar if he'll do a couple magic tricks for you: it ought to be worth your while.

He may be adverse to the idea, at first. He'll tell you he's a full-time steak slinger, a guy who knows more about USDA prime and fine wine than he does about the powers of illusion.

OK, he has a point, because the MCC has been knocking Ďem dead for almost 30 years, starting with T.J.ís dad, Tom, and itís for good reason: the Ricci family knows the restaurant biz.

But if the grills arenít packed with patrons (which they usually are this time of year) itís worth cajoling T.J. into pulling out a deck of cards doing some things which will sizzle your mind quicker than shrimp on the barbie.

My slights of hand have never gone beyond a few lame parlor tricks, but I happened upon this video and thought of T.J., and of magic in general, and I thought Iíd pass it on. Fairly cool, I think, and worth a gander.

Scroll down and check it out:



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