• The Tragedy of Man

You may know Ricky Jay as a flinty character actor in films by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) or David Mamet (House of Games, Things Change, Redbelt), but his primary activity is stage magic. Deceptive Practice, the subject of this week’s not-so-long review, traces Jay’s 50-year career and focuses on some of the great prestidigitators of late vaudeville and early TV who mentored him on his way up.