The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ricky Jay, author, acclaimed actor and magician, talks about his career in magic. He’s the subject of the documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,” which traces the story of his achievement, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age 4, with his grandfather Max Katz, as well as with Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century. “Deceptive Practice” is playing at Film Forum April 17-30.


Ricky Jay

Comments [2]

John from Washington Heights

Hi Leonard,

Please ask the guest if he's made any plans for his illusions to live on after he dies (does he have an apprentice?) or does he plan on taking his secrets with him to the grave?

Just curious,

Apr. 18 2013 01:17 PM
A Tenth Rate Slydini from Manhattan

It's common practice, especially these days, for magicians to publish the workings of their routines. I have nothing against that because it pays the rent, but I've always admired Mr. Jay for keeping his methods close to his chest.

Apr. 18 2013 01:15 PM

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