What happens when documentary filmmakers—whose mission is to probe, explore, and Reveal—take as their subject one of the world’s greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration and revelation? More than a decade in the making, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is the captivating result of this curious conundrum: a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who were its perpetual devotees. Award-winning co-directors Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein will join us for an informative and entertaining conversation on the making of a film about Ricky Jay, master magician, actor, artist, enigma.
Special Appearance at the Nuart Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Star and subject of film Ricky Jay, producer/director/editor Molly Bernstein and producer/co-director Alan Edelstein will appear in person on Friday, May 17 for a Q&A after the 7:30pm show. They will also appear on Saturday, May 18 for a Q&A after the 7:30pm show.
“Wonderfully engaging!” – New York Magazine
“Full of happy surprises. Card tricks that leave his audience speechless.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“He puts on a smashing show, whether on or off the stage… Mr. Jay proves a hugely entertaining guide…” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“A riveting look at Mr. Jay’s arduous, arcane pursuits through the prism of those who taught and inspired him to be one of the world’s great magicians. Some of his illusions are so stunning that they leave spectators teary-eyed – out of amazement, or perhaps fear.” – Robert P. Walzer, Wall Street Journal