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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.
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.
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 ...
A documentary portrait of the magician, author and actor who is known as one of today's preeminent practitioners of close-up magic.
For heaven's sake! Another documentary I didn't know I was waiting for-and am equally glad to see.
The magic in this documentary portrait of actor and stage illusionist Ricky Jay comes mainly from his fond recollections of old performers.
The filmmaker is annoyingly passive and star-struck,as Ricky Jay, speaks only to his chosen agenda.
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.
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.
Magic and Magical
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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