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

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88 min | Documentary

Ricky Jay is 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 ...See moreRicky Jay is 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. Written by First Run Features See less
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Oct 4, 2012 (United States)

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21 cast members
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Ricky Jay
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Winston Simone
Himself - Ricky Jay's Manager Himself - Ricky Jay's Manager   See fewer
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Dick Cavett
Himself - Narrator (voice) Himself - Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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David Mamet
Himself - Writer & Director Himself - Writer & Director   See fewer
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Persi Diaconis
Himself - Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University Himself - Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University   See fewer
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Michael Weber
Himself - Ricky Jay's Partner Himself - Ricky Jay's Partner   See fewer
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Fred Neumann
Himself - Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office Himself - Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office   See fewer
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Suzie Mackenzie
Herself - Journalist, The Guardian Herself - Journalist, The Guardian   See fewer
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Chrisann Verges
Herself - Ricky Jay's Wife Herself - Ricky Jay's Wife   See fewer
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Roy Benson
Himself - Magician (archive footage) Himself - Magician (archive footage)   See fewer
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Francis Carlyle
Himself - Magician (voice) (archive footage) Himself - Magician (voice) (archive footage)   See fewer
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Hugh Fitzgerald
Hugh Fitzgerald Hugh Fitzgerald   See fewer
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Al Flosso
Himself - Magician (archive footage) Himself - Magician (archive footage)   See fewer
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Al Hirschfeld
Himself - Artist (archive footage) Himself - Artist (archive footage)   See fewer
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Steve Martin
Himself - Comedian (archive footage) Himself - Comedian (archive footage)   See fewer
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Charlie Miller
Himself - Magician (archive footage) Himself - Magician (archive footage)   See fewer
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Richard Valentine Pitchford
Himself - Magician (archive footage) (as Cardini) Himself - Magician (archive footage) (as Cardini)   See fewer
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David Roth
Himself - Magician (archive footage) Himself - Magician (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dinah Shore
Himself - Television Hostess (archive footage) Himself - Television Hostess (archive footage)   See fewer
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Tony Slydini
Himself - Magician (archive footage) (as Slydini) Himself - Magician (archive footage) (as Slydini)   See fewer
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Dai Vernon
Himself - Magician (archive footage) Himself - Magician (archive footage)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 889 votes