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8.4

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  1. Jun 8, 2013
    5
    Even if u don't recognize the name, his face may be familiar from his acting gigs in films and on TV. He's best known for his sleight of hand, primarily with playing cards. This doc outlines his career in magic, which started when he was a boy. That part's interesting and the tricks are truly amazing. The aspect that clutters it up is his detailed references to every obscure (at least forEven if u don't recognize the name, his face may be familiar from his acting gigs in films and on TV. He's best known for his sleight of hand, primarily with playing cards. This doc outlines his career in magic, which started when he was a boy. That part's interesting and the tricks are truly amazing. The aspect that clutters it up is his detailed references to every obscure (at least for the uninitiated) magician that influenced him. There's nothing unique or creative about the film's approach, but if u wanna find out more about the man, this'll do the trick. Expand
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    May 16, 2013
    90
    This documentary provides an elegant, enthralling peek behind the curtain and into the you-won't-trust-your-eyes world of this celebrated contemporary conjurer.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    Whatever the unanswered mysteries of Jay’s personal life, just watching this magician’s hands at work with a deck of cards is positively mesmerizing.
  3. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    After sitting at his elbow that day, I can tell you how he manages the tricks I saw really close-up. Not mysterious at all: It's magic, pure and simple.