Review: “Deceptive Practices.”

Even though he’s been in movies for over twenty-five years, you may not recognize Ricky Jay. In 2001’s Heist, he had the memorable line, “[My friend] is so cool that when he sleeps, sheep count him.” In Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Jay had a minor part as a minor magician, one whose trick accidentally causes a young woman to drown. He may have a career as a character actor, but magic is his true calling. Ever since he was a boy, Jay has perfected sleight of hand and card tricks. Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is not exactly a biographic documentary. Instead, it shows a world of forgotten magicians, and how Jay fights to preserve their memory.

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