Ricky Jay was a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay's inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees.
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian, and performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Told in Jay’s inimitable voice,
this documentary traces his achievements and influences from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather to his pr...
Never-before-seen performance footage and crazy anecdotes: Ricky Jay performs with an automaton; a retelling of the golem story; discussing armless dice players; at an auction; working in a carnival, soft vs. hard crime, working with Mamet; and at the Harvard Theater Collection.
An elaborate animation sequence that was ultimately cut out of the film because the filmmakers decided it was too high tech. They wanted to keep the magical effects in the hands of Ricky Jay and the other magicians in the film.