Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

2012, Documentary, 1h 28m

42 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay presents a fascinating -- and tantalizingly incomplete -- picture of a legendary magician and skilled raconteur. Read critic reviews

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Filmmakers Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein take a glimpse at the very private world of professional magician Ricky Jay.

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  • Jan 21, 2014
    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.
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  • Jul 27, 2013
    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)
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  • Jul 04, 2013
    Similar to Penn and Teller, Ricky Jay has established his own style as a magician based on the influences of his childhood. This is partially a film about Jay but also a great tribute to the lesser known old masters who were well known in New York City but did not achieve wider fame.
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