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Deceptive Practice2012

The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

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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, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay's inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees.

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Ricky Jay is an incredibly articulate person with a serious passion and skill. This film let's you see into his world in great detail and gives the viewer a glimpse into the dedication it takes to master this art form. You will not be disappointed. Watching Ricky shuffle a deck a cards is like watching the caressing passion of two lovers. Well worth the 90 minute investment.

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Ricky Jay is an incredibly articulate person with a serious passion and skill. This film let's you see into his world in great detail and gives the viewer a glimpse into the dedication it takes to master this art form. You will not be disappointed. Watching Ricky shuffle a deck a cards is like watching the caressing passion of two lovers. Well worth the 90 minute investment.

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We really loved this. Some critics have lamented how this isn't a very intimate portrait of Ricky Jay, but his very act of diverting attention from himself is an act of sleight of hand. It inhabits his entire character and being, and it's fascinating to watch. What's also particularly fascinating, and almost moving, is this peek into a tightly-knit society of sleight-of-hand masters, none of whom I've ever heard before.

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Nope, it’s really not about Ricky Jay. The core of this movie is Slight of Hand, the art of prestidigitation. We are introduced to Masters of Misdirection, present and past: Ricky Jay, Slydini, and the Professor…some truly memorable, real-life characters who have dedicated their lives to the total mastery of this unique form of stagecraft. Here, the camera becomes nothing more than the mark…just another rube. We see only what the masters want us to see.

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Always been a fan of Ricky Jay good to learn of some of the history and mystery surrounding his life.

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Why would I spent time and mental energy thinking, analyzing and writing about a film that I do not think is worth watching?

Very smartly and smoothly presented, with just enough visual intrigue to keep you riveted, but it's the life lessons and storyline that make this documentary so worthwhile. Viewers will come to appreciate how magic acts are crafted and passed on, as well as gain glimpses into the life and times of long-dead showmen whose names are long forgotten.

Loved it! Got a chance to enter the world of Ricky Jay.

Also appreciated the introduction to some of his mentors, who were also fabulous sleight-of-hand artists.

A great documentary on the life and influences of magician and actor Ricky Jay.

I live in Dothan Alabama, many hundred miles from where Ricky Jay performs, but I would, were I able, make the trip to see him. I have never, more thoroughly enjoyed a piece. Ricky Jay thank you it was a consulment pleasure spending the evening.

His face was familiar, then I saw where he's been in numerous movies I've always enjoyed. Great documentary, fascinating life.

fun movie to watch