Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay, an intimate look at the best-selling author, historian, actor, and artist told largely in Jay’s own voice. The film, which debuted at last year’s New York Film Festival, traces the story of Jay’s 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 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. Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein produced and directed. Alica Sams and Philip Dolin also served as producers.

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