Synopsis: 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 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.
Release Date: Out now
Thoughts: If you’ve seen a film by David Mamet (House of Games) or Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) at some point chances are you’ve seen Ricky Jay pop up in a peripheral role that sometimes capitalizes on the magician’s true talent as a sleight of hand master. Though he cuts an imposing figure without his pack of cards and anything up his sleeve, few people know the true artistry that he’s mastered after years of study. This documentary aims to offer a chance to shed some light on who he is and what influenced his impressive career…looking forward to this one.