Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 2013 UNRATED

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Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4, to his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. A rare and remarkable look inside the secretive world of magic and its perpetual devotees.

Starring:
Ricky Jay, David Mamet
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1 hour 29 minutes

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

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Genres Documentary
Director Molly Bernstein
Starring Ricky Jay, David Mamet
Supporting actors Persi Diaconis, Suzie Mackenzie, Michael Weber, Sensei Fred Neumann, Dick Cavett
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating Unrated
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wang on September 28, 2013
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Probably the best magic documentary I've ever seen. The movie is worth it just to see some of the footage of Cardini, Charlie Miller, and others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2013
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Ricky Jay is a genius and this film is a look into what inspires him. Truly original film and worth seeing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Bailey on September 19, 2013
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Amazing stories. Spectacular career. Loved it. I can't wait to see it again. I wish he didn't have to get old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ringelevio on December 29, 2013
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If you know who Ricky Jay is, and what he does, and why he is so utterly amazing, you will enjoy this movie. He is a consummate master of sleight-of-hand as well as a raconteur, teller of tales, and keep of the Secret that all serious magicians ascribe to. If you dont know who Ricky Jay is but are curious about him, or the nature of true genius, you might enjoy DECEPTIVE PRACTICES. It is not riveting, and there are some odd curio's, ancient footage thrown in; it is part biography and part a history of Ricky Jay and his mentors. Like the movie or not, there is no denying that the man is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 27, 2013
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A glass one-third empty, two-thirds full kind of film. One-third that is rich and brimming is the wonderful introduction to the various
colorful artists who mentored Ricky Jay into arguably the foremost card magician of our time. It's a lineage we learn that is handed down very personally, from generation to generation and then only in bits and pieces. Jay tells great stories of the men who inspired and tutored him. And we occasionally see terrific glimpses of them performing in some great found old footage.

The second full third are the wonderful, if all too brief times we to watch Jay's amazing artistry with cards and card tricks. Slight of hand at this level is truly beautiful -- a dance of illusion. There's a silky smoothness to Jay's movements that works in powerful tandem with this spikey, off-beat, almost dangerous on stage persona.

The third that's missing is a deeper exploration of the man himself. By his own admission Jay keeps the world at bay. We hear a very few tantalizing bits about his boyhood family life away from magic, but then that's put aside (even his manager of 20+ years admits he knows better than to ask Ricky about his childhood). Only near the very end of the film do we even learn that Jay is married, and that his wife seems to be a huge part of his life. Then this too is moved on from. I can accept that Jay and perhaps director Molly Bernstein wanted to keep the film focused largely on Jay's titular mentors, but, for my taste, they took the `mysteries' part of the title a bit too seriously. It's frustrating to watch a truly striking human being talk about their life and craft for 90 minutes, and realize you know little more about them at the end than at the beginning. It leaves a very entertaining and well made film feeling a touch incomplete.

That said, this is still very worth seeing. I was never bored, sometimes astonished by what I saw, and heard amazing stories I don't think I'll soon forget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ren Doughty on October 26, 2013
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I've loved Ricky Jay's acting and magic for years now. I can't even remember when I first learned of him but I was captivated.

This documentary does not disappoint. You get all of the history - both his life story and reminiscing, and his recollections of other magicians - you could want in the time allotted. I especially liked the stories of his childhood and the interviews with folks who've seen his close-up magic in person. Long live Ricky Jay. This was money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hardek on October 18, 2013
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Ricky Jay is great. This movie is more a homage to all the magicians that were instrumental in making Ricky Jay who he is, As he is more of a historian than a magician this movie goes into some of the great magicians of the 20th century. Good time.
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By tom arrr on March 15, 2014
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As a big fan of 'small magic', and a bigger fan of Ricky Jay, this film was a great ride through his career and prodigious manipulative dexterity.
It is kind of a 'niche documentary', but the effort has been towards a well put together mainstream-centric film.
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