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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

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    It never bothers to attempt the one thing we'd expect and hope from a documentary about Ricky Jay: It doesn't try to bamboozle us. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The man himself has rarely been profiled without noticeable reluctance, though documentarians Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein delve fairly deep by allowing their subject to guide them where he may. show more

  • 90
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    Here's a movie with magic. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    This documentary provides an elegant, enthralling peek behind the curtain and into the you-won't-trust-your-eyes world of this celebrated contemporary conjurer. show more

  • 80
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Unsurprisingly, Mr. Jay proves a hugely entertaining guide, and as generous about his professional inspirations as he is reticent about his own life. show more

  • 75
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

    The film never even attempts to peer behind the curtain of Jay’s colorful existence; it’s content that the show in front of it is spectacle enough. But Deceptive Practices would be a richer, deeper experience if the filmmakers had penetrated Jay’s fierce boundaries even a little. show more

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