Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (★★★★ Empire US iPad Review)

DeceptivePracticeRickyJaySquareIf you only know Ricky Jay from David Mamet movies or Deadwood, you’ve a magical treat in store, as Molly Bernstein captures Jay and “his 52 assistants” (an ordinary deck of cards) performing some of the world’s most dazzling tricks. He’s much too modest to have a documentary made about himself, so this fine film covers the history of card tricks and close-up magic, with fascinating footage and hilarious anecdotes – including one about a live chicken, plucked, put to sleep and served at a dinner table, which will have you howling with laughter. ★★★★

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