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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

produced by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein ; directed and edited by Molly Bernstein ; producers, Alicia Sams, Philip Dolin ; Hopscotch Films
Video; DVD
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor, as well as a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Trace Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age four with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic.
Molly Bernstein
Narrator, Dick Cavett ; featuring Ricky Jay.
Release Date
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88 min.
Rating: Not rated
  • Inspired by Secrets of the magus, by Mark Singer, The New Yorker, April 5, 1993.
  • Originally produced in 2012.
  • Bonus material: Jay's colleagues on camera; Ricky Jay and Michael Weber on Mentors and magic; never-before-scene performance footage and crazy anecdotes; Ricky Jay and Mark Singer in the The New Yorker Festival; unseen animation; theatrical trailer; Promo for Bob Dylan's Love and theft; New Yorker profile of Ricky Jay, by Mark Singer (PDF accessible through DVD-ROM).
Variant Title
Mysteries and mentors of Ricky Jay
Cinematography, Ben Wolf, Edward Marritz, Joey Forsyte ; original music, Olivier and Clare Manchon.
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, Inc., [2013]
Publisher no.
K1174 Kino Lorber
Terms of Use
Public performance rights secured. Public performance rights allow educational and non profit groups to exhibit our films to groups of 50 or fewer individuals where admission is not charged. The term of the public performance license is for the life of the DVD. However, if you intend to charge admission, expect an audience over 50, or publicly advertise the screening, then we ask that you contact us regarding an exhibition fee.
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, region 1, NTSC, widescreen 1.85:1 (16x9); Dolby digital 5.1 or stereo 2.0.
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