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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: THE MYSTERIES AND MENTORS OF RICKY JAY

By D.E.Levine

A NYFF50 Selection

Ricky Jay is famous as a performer of  magic and incredible card-trick skill who participates in this somewhat autobiographical and charming film about how he got to be who he is today.

Following a chronological line, the story begins with Max Katz, Ricky's grandfather and an amateur magician of some renown.  Ricky, who is fascinated by the history of magic, introduces us to his grandfather through photos and newspaper clippings that show Max appeared with his 7-year-old grandson Ricky.

Taken under the wing of his grandfather's magician friends such as Cardini and Floso, Ricky learned their simpler tricks. It was their interest and mentoring that helped to make magic Ricky Jay's lifelong obsession.

When he moved to California, two famed magicians trained him intensely and Ricky includes generous amounts of archival footage of Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller, who mentored him during his early years,

There's interesting footage of Ricky's early career on variety shows such as Ed Sullivan,  Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore

Once his career gained momentum, Ricky gained fame through his numerous books, TV specials and one-man shows.  David Mamet, who directed several of his theatrical appearances, speaks warmly about his relationship with Ricky.

Besides being fascinating, this is definitely a feel-good film and well worth seeing when it comes to a theater near you.