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DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Fittingly, there’s a lot to try to keep track of in “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.” A big part of what’s made Jay a world-renowned card magician (and David Mamet troupe member) is the brisk visual flow he uses to steer an audience’s attention here, there, and anywhere he chooses. Delivering a documentary equivalent, directors Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein intercut their subject’s interview and performance footage with a full program of flashbacks to Vaudeville-era and vintage-television acts. All are performers that influenced Jay, a true historian of his craft. But a certain amount of this background flits by too quickly to leave a fully detailed image.