Dealt

2017; 1 h 25 m; Not rated (some suggestive content)

An in-depth look at the life and work of Richard Turner, one of the world’s greatest card magicians, who happens to be completely blind. Turner traces his journey from his troubled childhood, when he began losing his vision, to the present day as he relentlessly pursues perfection while struggling with the reality that his biggest weakness might also be his greatest strength. The film features extensive vérité footage of both Richard and his family as well as archive footage of Turner’s many television appearances. The film features interviews with notable magicians including Johnny Thompson, Max Maven, Armando Lucero, and Jason England.

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Doc Talk Virtual Event:

Friday, January 29th at 7:30pm
Streaming on Facebook and YouTube

A live film discussion and Q&A featuring author, filmmaker, and disability expert Day Al-Mohamed, local magician Dave Thomen, and Chris Nusbaum from the Carroll County chapter of the National Federation for the Blind.

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Where to Watch:

Available on Hulu and for rent on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and YouTube.

Further Reading:

Interview with director Luke Korem
Korem gives us a peek into the elements of the documentary process: establishing trust with your subjects, creating compelling narrative arcs, and knowing when the film is complete.

Richard on CBS This Morning
This 2014 morning news appearance gives a taste of what to expect in the full length doc.

Variety review of Dealt

Chris Nusbaum profile in the Carroll County Times
Revisit this 2017 profile about Taneytown’s Chris Nusbaum, a panelist for this film’s Doc Talk discussion!