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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 October 2012 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Winston Simone ...
Himself - Ricky Jay's Manager
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Himself - Narrator (voice)
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Himself - Writer & Director
Persi Diaconis ...
Himself - Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University
Michael Weber ...
Himself - Ricky Jay's Partner
Fred Neumann ...
Himself - Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office
Suzie Mackenzie ...
Herself - Journalist, The Guardian
Chrisann Verges ...
Herself - Ricky Jay's Wife
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Roy Benson ...
Himself - Magician (archive footage)
Francis Carlyle ...
Himself - Magician (voice) (archive footage)
Hugh Fitzgerald ...
Hugh Fitzgerald
Al Flosso ...
Himself - Magician (archive footage)
Al Hirschfeld ...
Himself - Artist (archive footage)
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Himself - Comedian (archive footage)
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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. Written by First Run Features

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A Brief History of Magic
13 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

I was not familiar with the magic of Ricky Jay, though his face was known to me. Now I am more than a little impressed, as he seems to have the card tricks down -- especially the close-up sleight of hand that David Blaine brought to the streets. This is especially humorous when Steve Martin is shown losing a $50 bet (though he may have been in on it).

This is not a showcase of tricks as much as it is a brief story of Jay's life, which touches on his magician grandfather and those who influenced him. Magicians are a secretive lot, and rarely reveal their tricks... this makes it even more interesting to see their history and who was the mentor for who... there is a distinct line of descent.


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