• Released
  • April 17, 2013
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • Biography
    Culture & Society
  • 14 Fan Ratings
90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
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.
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Here's a movie with magic.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
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.
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80

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Jay proves a hugely entertaining guide, and as generous about his professional inspirations as he is reticent about his own life.
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75

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
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.
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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.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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