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Deceptive Practice

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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. A remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees.

  • DirectorMolly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein
  • Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
  • StudioDoc Club
  • QualityHD
  • Starring

Reviews about Deceptive Practice

Detroit News
Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

San Francisco Chronicle
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Globe and Mail
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

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 ...

Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A documentary portrait of the magician, author and actor who is known as one of today's preeminent practitioners of close-up magic.

The New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

For heaven's sake! Another documentary I didn't know I was waiting for-and am equally glad to see.

Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The magic in this documentary portrait of actor and stage illusionist Ricky Jay comes mainly from his fond recollections of old performers.

Arts Fuse
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

The filmmaker is annoyingly passive and star-struck,as Ricky Jay, speaks only to his chosen agenda.

MetroActive
Richard von Busack
MetroActive

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.

Combustible Celluloid
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

ReviewExpress.com
Jean Lowerison
ReviewExpress.com

Magic and Magical

Film International
Matthew Sorrento
Film International

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.

HollywoodChicago.com
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

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?

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Watch A Clip From 'Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay' - 'The Artifice Of The Gambler'
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