DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Sunday September 15th
8:30pm Post Screening Q&A with
Ricky Jay
Director Molly Bernstein
Producer Alan Edelstein
Writer Mark Singer
General $12
Students & Seniors $10
Members Free

Movie Info

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) — and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay’s achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay’s inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees. (c) Kino Lorber


MARK SINGER (Executive Producer, Author of The New Yorker profile about Ricky Jay that was the inspiration for the film).
Mark Singer has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1974. “Secrets of the Magus,” his Profile of Ricky Jay, originally appeared in the issue of April 5, 1993. It was reprinted in “Life Stories,” the magazine’s seventy-fifth anniversary anthology of Profiles, and Singer also included it in his 2005 collection “Character Studies: Encounters With the Curiously Obsessed.” Among his other books are “Funny Money,” “Mr. Personality,” “Citizen K,” and “Somewhere in America.”

MOLLY BERNSTEIN (Producer/Director)
Molly Bernstein has written and directed documentary profiles of leading figures in the arts, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Estelle Parsons, John Sayles and others for the Sundance Channel and AMC. She has also worked extensively as an editor on documentary films including the 2009 Emmy and Peabody Award winning JEROME ROBBINS: SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT, featured on the PBS series American Masters. Other editing credits include WITNESS TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, an historical series written by Elaine May, and LIBERTY!, a PBS series on the American Revolution produced by Middlemarch Films. Molly has recently made numerous short films with Particle Productions about contemporary artists for the James Cohan Gallery, and about art collectors in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Los Angeles and San Francisco for the VIP Art Fair and Christie’s. She has an MFA in film from Columbia University.

ALAN EDELSTEIN (Producer/Co-Director)
Alan Edelstein received an Academy Award nomination for his documentary short THE WIZARD OF STRINGS, a profile of the 1920’s string instrumentalist and vaudeville star Roy Smeck. He has worked as a writer and producer for Nowak Associates, Great Projects Film Company, and Sundance Channel, among others. Recent projects include a promotional film for Education For Employment, a nonprofit organization addressing the dire unemployment problem among youth in the Middle East and North Africa, shot on location in the West Bank, Jordan, and Yemen. A journalist as well as filmmaker, he has written on arts and culture for publications including The New York Times, the Forward, and Transition.