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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
May 15, 2013
Although the subject doesn't come through in high definition, his legacy is hypnotic, celebrated and studied here in a manner that's wholly satisfying and often eye-crossingly mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 15, 2013
...a must for anyone who's ever had the urge to pull a coin from someone's ear or even just wondered 'How did he *do* that?'
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 15, 2013
Maybe this is a niche film for magic lovers only, but the remarkable and many feats of magical distraction should just about please anyone who likes to be entertained and challenged
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
May 13, 2013
DECEPTIVE PRACTICE is a fascinating study of one man's mania to attain perfection... Ricky Jay right now has the compulsive desire to be better than his fiercest competitor, Ricky Jay of ten minutes ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 2, 2013
"Deceptive Practice" lets us peer up close at what he's doing - camera tight on the cards, Jay's sleeves pushed up - and we still don't know how he does it; for lack of a better phrase, it's like magic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
April 26, 2013
There may be no such thing as "magic," but Ricky Jay's mastery of illusion really is magical.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 19, 2013
Aside from some references to misdirection, Jay offers no clue as to how he pulls off illusions with sleight of hand, but he performs them with such panache that you have little choice but to suspend disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2013
They don't call it "magic" for nothing. This movie has plenty of enchantment to spare. Here is the best documentary of 2013, so far. Don't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 18, 2013
To be able to find, nurture and share one's passion with such unceasing enthusiasm is surely the essence of magic itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 18, 2013
In Deceptive Practices, the entertainer pays his mentors and inspirations the ultimate tribute by turning a film ostensibly about himself into one fundamentally about all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2013
He always holds a card you don't see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 17, 2013
It's magic, pure and simple.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 17, 2013
Well structured and dynamically edited, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay relies on the famed magician himself to wax autobiographical with his usual charm, humor and panache.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 17, 2013
Rambling and unfocused, the film doesn't do justice to its subject. It will be a perfect fit for PBS fundraisers, however.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 17, 2013
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Jay proves a hugely entertaining guide, and as generous about his professional inspirations as he is reticent about his own life.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 17, 2013
A lot of the charm of this straight-ahead documentary comes from Jay simply holding forth on old (in many cases, centuries-old) illusionists and their work.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 16, 2013
It's a reminder that deception, in the best of cases, is a pathway to transcendence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 16, 2013
What sticks with you is Jay, supremely calm, his body's every stray movement natural and normal even as you come to suspect that they're anything but.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
April 14, 2013
It never bothers to attempt the one thing we'd expect and hope from a documentary about Ricky Jay: It doesn't try to bamboozle us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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