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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Reviews

July 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
July 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
July 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 14, 2013
For heaven's sake! Another documentary I didn't know I was waiting for-and am equally glad to see.
June 6, 2013
The magic in this documentary portrait of actor and stage illusionist Ricky Jay comes mainly from his fond recollections of old performers.
May 30, 2013
The larger subjects, eloquently evoked, are the sources of his knowledge and inspiration, and the singular tradition within which he works and flourishes.
May 30, 2013
Fittingly, there's a lot to try to keep track of in "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2013
The stories are amusing, but the film tells us hardly anything about who Jay is offstage. We get a guided tour of his passion, but never encounter the man himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 24, 2013
It reveals the philosophy behind Jay's art, a view of life that examines illusions from every which way, and finds meaning in the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2013
This documentary provides an elegant, enthralling peek behind the curtain and into the you-won't-trust-your-eyes world of this celebrated contemporary conjurer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
April 18, 2013
He always holds a card you don't see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 17, 2013
It's magic, pure and simple.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.