Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
I have been a Ricky Jay fan since his guest appearance on an early Doug Henning show.
On that show he did his card tossing routine and his queen “assembly” using patter from The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase.
Keep in mind that I do not now, nor have I ever considered myself a close-up man or a card man. I tuned in to watch Doug do his thing and yet I never forgot Ricky.
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay would entertain anyone but for a magician it is a must see. It discloses the true secrets of magic which are always in the performance rather than in the “how is it done” aspect.
From a summary on the Internet Movie Database, “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. 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.”
Don’t miss it!