Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, July 26, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2012—directed by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein)

What happens when documentary filmmakers – whose goal is to explore and reveal – take as their subject one of the world’s great living magicians, whose art (and life) is all about deception and concealment? The subject in question is Ricky Jay, a world-renowned illusionist, author, historian, raconteur and actor (a memorable presence in David Mamet’s House of Games and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Magnolia). Told largely in Ricky’s own, incomparable voice, Deceptive Practice traces the story of his remarkable achievement, beginning at age 4 with his grandfather, amateur magician Max Katz, as well as legendary professionals such as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Dai Vernon and the great Charlie Miller. Now in his sixties, Ricky Jay’s one-man shows consistently draw rave reviews and sold-out houses; Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein’s warm and deeply personal portrait of the artist offers a rare glimpse into the arduous demands of the magician’s craft, and also celebrates the vibrant language and storytelling that remains the living, beating heart of this remarkable, centuries-old tradition. One of the year’s most delightful surprises. (88 min.)

««««! A great enchanter! A reminder that deception, in the best of cases, is a pathway to transcendence.” –Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“He puts on a smashing show. Whether on or off the stage, Mr. Jay is hugely entertaining.” –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Some of his illusions are so stunning that they leave audiences teary-eyed – out of amazement, or perhaps fear.” –Robert Walzer, The Wall Street Journal