|Time to Get ‘Deceptive’
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Posted: April 25, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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You have a few more chances in New York City to catch Deceptive Practice, the documentary about Ricky Jay, the brilliant magician, historian, author and sometimes actors (you’ve probably seen him in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson or David Mamet). This new documentary plays at my neighborhood favorite Film Forum through April 30th with a talkback with the filmmakers scheduled for the Saturday, April 27th at 8:10 pm showing.
According to press notes, 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.” If you are a fan of magic or aficionado of performance, you will not want to miss this film.
Here’s a teaser for what to expect at the theater. Ricky Jay performs some of his card tricks. Enjoy!