Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2013
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

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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.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

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

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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.

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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.

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Richard von Busack

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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
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… More
John Ballantine
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… More
John C
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… More