"Deceptive Practice" with Ricky Jay at the Varsity Theater


Note: The movie starts at 7:20 so meet me in the lobby at 7:05. We will still be attending on Saturday, May 4.


We will be attending the 7:20 pm showing of “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay” at the Varsity Theater located in Seattle's University District. Mr. Jay is arguably the best sleight of hand magician alive today. Unlike someone such as David Copperfield who creates mystifying illusions on a big stage, Ricky can amaze an audience with a single deck of playing cards being manipulated on table top. Even his shuffling techniques are a wonder to see. If you have never seen Ricky Jay perform here are two examples:


Brief demonstration of card handling (2-1/2 minutes)


His last Broadway show was “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants”, directed by famous playwright David Mamet, which you can see in its entirety here (58 minutes)


Jay w/52 Assistants


A showstopper starts around minute 22.


The film that we will be viewing is not a cinematic staging of a Ricky Jay performance. Rather, it is biographical film that describes how he developed to being such a great sleight of hand artist. Here is the description from Landmark Theatres' web site:


Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentric geniuses who mastered it. At its center is the multitalented Ricky Jay, a best-selling author and historian, an acclaimed actor (House of Games), a leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts, but above all a conjurer capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief. Deceptive Practice traces the story of Ricky's achievement, from his precocious apprenticeship in Brooklyn, beginning at age 4, with his grandfather Max Katz, as well as Al Flosso, Slydini, and Cardini (all among the best magicians of the 20th century), to his extraordinary one-man shows on Broadway. Friends and collaborators appear, such as David Mamet and Steve Martin (who joins Jay in a hilarious turn on a vintage '70s "Dinah Shore" TV show). Throughout, Jay demonstrates live on camera his mastery of sleight of hand. Viewers will gain not only a deep appreciation for the arduous and arcane demands of the magician's craft, but also for the colorful use of language and storytelling central to the art. Directed by Molly Bernstein.


Deceptive Practice trailer


Deceptive Practice has an 85 rating at rottentomatoes.com; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:


tomatometer – Deceptive Practice


Meet me in the lobby of the Varsity Theater at 7:05. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will be wearing some type of hat (beret, hiker's rain hat, African brimless kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program at 7:20. Do not send text messages or post comments on the meetup.com web site at the last minute; I use a cell phone that does not have the capability to receive such text messages. Please call if you need to contact me.


There will be an optional snack and beverage stop at the conclusion of the film (conclusion = after all the credits have been shown). Meet me in the lobby of the theater where we will discuss our options of which cafe to patronize.


If you are interested in having a light meal before the film meet me at the Best of Bento restaurant located at 4245 University Way (across the street from the US Post Office). This establishment serves various styles of Asian food: tempura, sushi, Korean, bento, Chinese. Dinner can be had for about $8 plus tax and tip. Meet me in the restaurant at 6:00 or later, but no so late that you will have to skip dinner.



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  • George L.

    Great review in today's Seattle Times; 3-1/2 stars.

    May 3, 2013

  • George L.

    The movie "Deceptive Practice" starts at 7:20 so meet me in the lobby at 7:05.

    May 2, 2013

  • George L.

    Don't pay for parking: You can park for free on any UW lot after 12 noon on Saturday except when there is a special event. Use the entrance to the campus at 17th Avenue and NE 45th Street. Park near the Burke Museum. Otherwise, the streets in the U District are metered until 8:00 pm if you like paying.

    April 30, 2013

  • David C

    I saw this man perform 30 years ago in Trumansburk N.Y and on the Johnny carson show. He is unbelievable!!!1

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This seems Great!

    April 29, 2013

  • Kathy P

    oops, double booked myself, have to cancel.

    April 28, 2013

  • AmarisD

    Sorry, I have to travel. Hopefully next time.

    April 28, 2013

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