Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Synopsis
Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein look into the world of professional magician Ricky Jay.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Fantastic documentary

By Sdcoburn
Fascinating view into the mentorship and development of the last century's greatest magicians. Brilliantly done and endlessly interesting....

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