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.
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.