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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay -- 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.
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Cast

  (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
Rose Stark .... additional graphics (as Kelsey Stark)
 
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Boon Shin Ng .... finishing artist
 
Thanks
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
 

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Not your typical installment of "American Masters"!, 13 February 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This episode of "American Masters" in one of the strangest in the series. Usually these shows are about famous musicians, architects, photographers, actors, artists and the like. Here, however, the subject is definitely a different sort of artist--a slight of hand artist named Rickey Jay. Also unusual is that although I'd seen Jay in a few small roles in movies, I had absolutely who he was or what made him famous. Even more unusual is that the subject narrates the film and takes the viewer on a journey with him.

The show is about Jay and his obsession with magic. But, there is a strong emphasis on the sleight of hand artist--the magician who often used cards but who avoided traditional magic props used for 'big' acts. He talks about the many previous sleight of hand artists who were the greats and who contributed to Jay's education in the subject. Overall, it's very interesting and builds an interest even if the viewer didn't previously care about this sort of magic. Well worth seeing.

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