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

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012) More at IMDbPro »

Videos (see all 2)
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay -- Trailer for Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay


User Rating:
7.1/10   548 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay on IMDbPro.
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in... See more » | Add synopsis »
Dreyfuss, Gilliam to attend Glasgow
 (From ScreenDaily. 5 February 2014, 3:51 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
A Glimpse into the World of Magic See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ricky Jay ... Himself
Winston Simon ... Himself - Ricky Jay's Manager

Dick Cavett ... Himself - Narrator (voice)

David Mamet ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Benson ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)
Francis Carlyle ... Himself - Magician (archive footage) (voice)

Hugh Fitzgerald ... Hugh Fitzgerald
Al Flosso ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)
Al Hirschfeld ... Himself - Artist (archive footage)

Steve Martin ... Himself - Comedian (archive footage)
Charlie Miller ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)
Richard Valentine Pitchford ... Himself - Magician (archive footage) (as Cardini)
David Roth ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)

Dinah Shore ... Himself - Television Hostess (archive footage)
Tony Slydini ... Himself - Magician (archive footage) (as Slydini)
Dai Vernon ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)

Directed by
Molly Bernstein 
Produced by
Peter Block .... co-executive producer
Philip Dolin .... producer
Alan Edelstein .... producer
Cathy Greenwold .... executive producer
Alicia Sams .... producer
David Simone .... associate producer
Winston Simone .... associate producer
Original Music by
Clare Manchon (co-composer) (as Clare Muldaur)
Olivier Manchon 
Cinematography by
Ed Marritz 
Art Direction by
Matt Garton 
Sound Department
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Deborah Wallach .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Matt Garton .... motion graphics and title design
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Dodds .... additional camera
Animation Department
Liesje Kraai .... additional graphics
Richard O'Connor .... additional graphics
Kelsey Stark .... additional graphics
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Boon Shin Ng .... finishing artist
Paul Thomas Anderson .... special thanks
Dan Chariton .... special thanks
Stan Coleman .... special thanks
Terry Gross .... special thanks
Bill Kalush .... special thanks
David Rakoff .... special thanks
David Roth .... special thanks
Adam Schlesinger .... special thanks
Coco Shinomiya .... special thanks
Chrisann Verges .... special thanks
Scott Verges .... special thanks
David Wilson .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details



This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
A Glimpse into the World of Magic, 16 January 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

The other reviews of Deceptive Practice on this site run the gamut, proving that no single film is for everyone. But I would say that if you enjoy optical illusions, there is a good chance you might enjoy this film.

Deceptive Practice is a biographical documentary, but it is more than that. Ricky Jay's life spans a particular era in the history of magic and, through associations, extends to earlier generations of magicians.

I was never one who had to know how illusions were performed. The illusion itself gave joy enough. And although this film may not expose every aspect of Ricky Jay's life, it provides great joy.

I remember seeing Ricky in some of his early TV performances, demonstrating sleight of hand and using playing cards as weapons. Years later, I saw him in some of David Mamet's films (most notably House of Games, that great tale of hustlers and confidence men). In Deceptive Practice, Ricky traces the story of his life, educating us about the culture of magic.

By telling us about his relationships with other magicians--many of whom were his mentors--he brings us into their world. These are men who were fascinated by the peculiar, the arcane, the illusory, the ephemeral. Delving into their talents and their dedication to the lifestyle creates a joyous tour. In general, these are brilliant minds possessing unusual dedication to a craft that they elevate to an art form.

Ricky's story also feels nostalgic. A look at bygone days. A chronicle of tales that have become mythic in the retelling.

It includes a glimpse into the importance of secrets, some poetry, and an interview with an acquaintance that might even elicit tears. I enjoyed it very much.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (6 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.