Movie Review: 'Deceptive Practice' -- 3.5 stars
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Documentary directed by Molly Bernstein
In the new Tom Cruise film, “Oblivion,” you’ll see space ships and robots, but they’re still not as unbelievable as some of the card tricks you’ll see in the documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.”
In this film, there’s a clip of the master magician “dead cutting” an ace, meaning he shuffles the card and pulls out an ace. And then another. And then another. And then the last one. It’s amazing.
I can figure out how they created the spaceships in “Oblivion,” but for the life of me, I still don’t know how he did that trick.
“Deceptive Practice” is an examination of the Brooklyn-born magician’s life, including a clip of Jay doing a magic trick in fuzzy black-and-white footage from 1955 when he was 7 years old.
You’ll also get a history lesson on some of the greats of sleight of hand. If all you know of magic is Criss Angel or Siegfried and Roy, Jay and the mentors he brings back to the spotlight will certainly give you a (needed) change of perspective.
A heads up for those of you looking for clues into how this typically tight-lipped art form of sleight of hand and magic is done — keep looking. No secrets are revealed and no tricks are disclosed.
But, without a doubt, you will be wowed.