Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Reviews

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April 12, 2019
It would be entertaining enough to simply set Ricky Jay in front of a camera and let him talk, but Bernstein captures the essence of Jay's persona in a way that's as intimate and riveting as his routines.
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.
July 18, 2013
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.
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.
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 ...
June 28, 2013
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.
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.
June 14, 2013
For heaven's sake! Another documentary I didn't know I was waiting for-and am equally glad to see.
June 9, 2013
Magic and Magical
June 9, 2013
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.
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.
June 4, 2013
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?
May 31, 2013
It's not the tightest Documentary I've ever seen, but it offers a rare look into the life of that charismatic, mysterious character that is Ricky Jay. If you're a fan of magic, card tricks, or Jay.... definitely check it out.
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."
May 30, 2013
If you like magic, I bet you'll love it. I don't, and even I had fun.
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.
May 23, 2013
Ricky Jay is the master of a discipline he created: trickster, archivist, showman and raconteur rolled into one.
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.
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.
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