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

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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 from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay's inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees. (c) Kino Lorber
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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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 5, 2013
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 ...

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Christian C
Christian C

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½

Magician, con man, & husband, this documentary not only covers all sides of the man of magic , it 's also useful as a truncated history of slight of hand

Gordon Briggs
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