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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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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Misses the mark, 7 June 2013
Author: BBB from United States

I can see the director's problem here. Ricky Jay doesn't have much to say about his family, left home young, got a job bar tending which led to magic act bookings. Please exit at the rear of the theater. Not much to work with there so we get into the figures he grew up with. When he was young he hung out with his grandfather Max Katz (insert biography here, show vaudeville photos.) He introduced Ricky to Cardini (insert biography here, show vaudeville photos.) Then he hung out with these other two sleight of hand greats (insert biography...you get the idea.) I guess in the end we learn that Ricky Jay has an interesting talent but an entirely uninteresting life. The coverage of the other magicians is so overpowering that this can hardly be called a Ricky Jay biography. This may have played better if it were about all of these past talents with Ricky Jay as the host, rather than pretending he were the center of the film.

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