Deceptive Practice:
The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

  • Tues Sept 24
Deceptive Practice

with Ricky Jay in person!
$10 general
$8 students + seniors
note: added since Flicksheet went to press

Molly Bernstein & Alan Edelstein

Deceptive Practice “provides an elegant, enthralling peek behind the curtain and into the you-won't-trust-your-eyes world of this celebrated contemporary conjurer.” (LA Times) One of the world’s greatest living magicians, Ricky Jay is also a sleight-of-hand artist, archivist, historian, scholar, collector, writer and lauded performer of stage and screen. (He is often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and PT Anderson.) He is also a gifted raconteur as he retraces his fantastic career, which began at the age of seven after his grandfather, Max Katz, a prominent amateur magician, began to teach him, literally, the tricks of the trade. Along the way, Katz arranged for him to take lessons from some of the great New York City performers of the day, so by the time Jay entered Cornell in the ’60s as a student, he was already making appearances on “The Dick Cavett Show.” The documentary includes photographs from his days at Cornell as well as "an assortment of clips of both Jay's performances—including a priceless game of three-card monte with Steve Martin on “The Dinah Shore Show" in the 1970s—and the magical predecessors he venerates.” (LA Times) Jay will be on hand to introduce the film and take questions afterwards. Advance tickets ($10 general/$8 students & seniors) available now at


DCP color
1 hour 28 minutes
release year/country
2012 USA