He is also known as a stand-up comedian and authored a book about the art of stand-up, Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy in 1999. However, he is best known for the many magical effects which he has published to help magicians develop their craft. His most well known works include his "Revolutionary Coin Magic" and "Revolutionary Card Magic" DVDs.
In 2007 Jay won 3rd place in Edd Withers' The Magic Woods Awards for Best Book: for the book Beyond Secrets. He has authored numerous books on comedy and magic (see below) and has produced/appeared in numerous instructional videos intended for magicians and other stage performers.
In 2009, Sankey announced that Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay were in the process of writing his complete works in a trilogy of books. In 2012 The Definitive Sankey volumes 1-3 were released in both a regular edition three book and a single DVD format and a deluxe version which has an extra DVD and is signed by Jay.
Jay lives in Toronto with his wife Lisa, and his two children Mason and Madelaine.
- "Zen and the art of the Monologue" by Jay Sankey
- "The Imp of Impossible". M.U.M. Society of American Magicians. 97 (7): 50–53, 55. December 2007.
- "Craigg Angelo - TV Magician at Funny or Die".