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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
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Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage

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Nov 4, 2013

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The film offers all manner of mind-blowing tricks, as well as a colorful history of the evolution of magic and illusions, especially through the 20th century.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Jay's own personality and intellect steer the film, and he's such a finely honed performer that he easily carries it off...What we get here, simply, is time spent with Ricky Jay, and that's time well spent.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein's film works first and foremost as a showcase of Jay's skills, but he's also an ideal interview subject ...

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A documentary portrait of the magician, author and actor who is known as one of today's preeminent practitioners of close-up magic.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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For heaven's sake! Another documentary I didn't know I was waiting for-and am equally glad to see.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The magic in this documentary portrait of actor and stage illusionist Ricky Jay comes mainly from his fond recollections of old performers.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The filmmaker is annoyingly passive and star-struck,as Ricky Jay, speaks only to his chosen agenda.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Arts Fuse
Arts Fuse

The splendid feats and dazzling card magic direct our attention away from the inner life of a large, glowering and cryptic figure. You learn a lot from Jay, and yet he keeps his mystique.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: MetroActive
MetroActive

I happen to love magic tricks. Deceptive Practice gave me a healthy dose of them, plus a good bit of history as well, and I appreciated it.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Magic and Magical

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com
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Offers us a peek into a fervent force of creativity - as with many great artists, it's one of which we have limited understanding though all the more appreciation.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Film International
Film International

Ricky Jay only lets you see what he wants you to see when he's on stage. Doesn't it make sense that a film about him would be similarly elusive? And sometimes even magical?

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It's not the tightest Documentary I've ever seen, but it offers a rare look into the life of that charismatic, mysterious character that is Ricky Jay. If you're a fan of magic, card tricks, or Jay.... definitely check it out.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

If you like magic, I bet you'll love it. I don't, and even I had fun.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ricky Jay is the master of a discipline he created: trickster, archivist, showman and raconteur rolled into one.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
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Audience Reviews for Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Great access to the man with a lot of historical figures and footage. But after seeing the film, I don't feel I have any greater appreciation for the man than before I saw it.
January 21, 2014
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First became aware of Ricky Jay 25 years in Mamet's House of Games and have been fascinated by the man and his talents ever since. Deceptive Practice takes us into his world of magic and sleight-of-hand and is one of the best 88 minutes you can spend in the dark this year. (7-27-13)
July 27, 2013
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