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Kino Lorber Takes 'Deceptive Practice' Doc on Magician Ricky Jay

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 4, 2013 at 12:44PM

Kino Lorber has taken US rights to "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," from directors Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. The film debuted at last year's New York Film Festival.
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"Deceptive Practice"
Kino Lorber "Deceptive Practice"

Kino Lorber has taken US rights to "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," from directors Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. The film debuted at last year's New York Film Festival.

Richard Lorber states, “We fell head over heels for this brilliantly constructed film that matches the brilliance of its subject. Ricky’s warmth, wit and erudition fuse seamlessly with feats of conjuring that are nothing short of miraculous.”

Mr. Jay adds, “I’m making a concerted effort not to escape from the frames of the film before it is shown." Kino Lorber will release the film at New York's Film Forum on April 17, followed by a national release.

Synopsis below:

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE is an intimate portrait of the multitalented Ricky Jay, best-selling author and historian, acclaimed actor, leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts, but above all one of the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand artists, capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief in even the most jaded of audiences.   

Told largely in Ricky’s own inimitable voice, the film traces the story of his achievement, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age 4, with his grandfather Max Katz, an accomplished amateur magician, as well as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century. The film weaves together stunning performance footage from his one-man shows and classic TV appearances, and also includes friends and collaborators such as Steve Martin (who joins him in a hilarious turn on a '70s vintage Dinah Shore TV show) and David Mamet.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.