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


“People frequently talk about how much more difficult it is to cheat in a card game.. than to perform a good sleight of hand. But if you think about it, what makes magic different… is that it’s inherently honest. That’s the major difference… between deception as crime and deception as performance. In the performance of magic, in sleight of hand, you tell someone you”re gonna deceive them before you deceive them.” – Ricky Jay

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life of master magician Ricky Jay.

My Take on it – I have seen Ricky Jay in numerous movies and talent shows, yet never knew the extent of his mastery of the craft of magic until I watched this film.

The way that they present things here is quite amazing and eye opening since it allows us to see how things work on multiple levels.

The history of how Jay learned his trade and constantly found ways to improve on them over the years is quite astounding and mesmerizing to watch because of the way that they present things here.

There is no question about the fact that he learned his art form from some of the masters of magic in the 50’s and 60’s and found ways to constantly make it all so much better and enjoyable to watch.

He also was able to make this art form so much more accessible up until today.

This film also touches upon his personal life and the troubles that he encountered yet still found a way to move forward despite them.

They never shy away from the hard truths here and even when dealing with delicate issues, Jay comes through despite his vulnerability in these situations.

Love the way that we get to see the kinds of friendships that he culled over the years which were essential in him finding ways to branch out with his magic into movies and other fields in order to cultivate his talents.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing and eye opening documentary that works on numerous levels. The way that Jay learned his trade and improved on it over the years is astounding to watch. He truly learned from the masters of the 1950’s and 60’s and found a way to keep the mystical art of magic alive in the decades since.  This film touches upon his troubled personal life and they don;t shy away from some very delicate situations which helps show his vulnerability. We also get to see the kind of friendships that he culled over the years which helped his branch out with his magic into so many different fields along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Famous for his astounding ability to throw playing cards, and is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for throwing a playing card a hundred and ninety feet at ninety miles an hour. From ten paces he can throw a playing card into the flesh of a watermelon. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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One thought on “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)

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