One of my favorite things ever is magic. I love watching magicians do their thing, it's just so damn cool to see them pull off stuff that seems impossible. I love the feeling that I get when the impossible happens before my eyes. I've learned a few tricks over the years, but I know I'll never be as good as the guys that perform magic for a living.
This is a trailer for a new documentary that centers on world-renowned magician Ricky Jay, who is a master at his craft. According to the New Yorker he's considered to be "the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive."
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.
Deceptive Practices is set to be released in New York tomorrow, April 17th. To find the release dates in other cities, head on over to the film’s official website. I'm looking forward to seeing this.