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  • Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)
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    88 min | Documentary
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)
Not Rated
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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Director
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Clare Manchon (co-composer) (as Clare Muldaur) | Olivier Manchon
Cinematographer
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Oct 4, 2012 (United States)

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