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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay presents a fascinating -- and tantalizingly incomplete -- picture of a legendary magician and skilled raconteur. Read critic reviews

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Filmmakers Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein take a glimpse at the very private world of professional magician Ricky Jay.

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Critic Reviews for Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (3)

  • Astonishment abounds in doc about card-trick genius.

    November 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • We want to know as much as we can about this guy, but like any good magician, he keeps things shadowy and hard to pin down.

    November 3, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • 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 25, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 ...

    July 5, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A documentary portrait of the magician, author and actor who is known as one of today's preeminent practitioners of close-up magic.

    June 27, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

  • Jan 21, 2014
    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.
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  • Jul 27, 2013
    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)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer

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