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Doc Talks Series

The fascinating life and career of world-class card magician Richard Turner (who is blind) is the subject of the documentary Dealt. Our live virtual film panel discussion (streaming on Facebook and YouTube) will dig deeper into the film’s themes of professional ambition, determination, and making the best of what life has dealt you. Moderated by filmmaker and disability policy expert, Day Al-Mohamed, this panel also features Chris Nusbaum (National Federation for the Blind) and local magician, Dave Thomen. Have a question for the panel? Put it in the comments during the livestream!

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The Panel:

Day Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and disability policy expert with over 15 years of experience. She has written two novels: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn and The Labyrinth’s Archivist. In addition, she is a regular host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot with an audience of 70,000 listeners. She is a Founding Member of FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities) and sits on the Board of Docs in Progress. Her documentary, The Invalid Corps about disabled Civil War soldiers was recently licensed to Alaska Airlines and had its broadcast premiere on Maryland Public Television December, 2020.

Chris Nusbaum is a lifelong resident of Carroll County, born in Westminster and raised in Taneytown. He has been totally blind since birth as a result of a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which caused his retinas to detach after he was born 9 weeks early. An avid musician since childhood, Chris has played the piano and sang at various events throughout the county. An active member of the National Federation of the Blind since 2011, Chris currently serves as a Board member of the Greater Carroll County Chapter of the NFB of Maryland, which he co-founded in 2015. He also serves as a Board member of the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division, the national division within the NFB that deals with the specific concerns of blind performers. Chris is currently a senior at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA, where he is majoring is communication studies and minoring in music.

Dave Thomen of D’s Magic is a WJZ-CBS News Baltimore’s Best Magician and National Theatre Stars of Magic recipient. He has performed for our community, schools, businesses, and families for over 25 years, including weekly close-up magic at his hometown restaurant, Greenmount Station. Each summer, he teaches magic at Common Ground on the Hill, a music and arts program. He has 15 years of membership in The Society of American Magicians and The International Brotherhood of Magicians.