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1 hr. 28 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmakers Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein take a glimpse at the very private world of professional magician Ricky Jay.


Director: Molly Bernstein

Genres: Documentary

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

Release Date: April 17th, 2013|1 hr. 28 min.

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critic reviews (9)
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  • 75
    Bob Mondello NPR

    After sitting at his elbow that day, I can tell you how he manages the tricks I saw really close-up. Not mysterious at all: It's magic, pure and simple. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This film is a documentary about the young man's devilment. He seems perfectly happy — ecstatic, even — seated at a table in front of a three-sided mirror and practicing card moves over and over and over again. As a kid, he learned moves from his grandfather. He moved away from home in his early teens. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Whatever the unanswered mysteries of Jay’s personal life, just watching this magician’s hands at work with a deck of cards is positively mesmerizing. show more

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