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No matter what hand you’re dealt, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t play.

Richard Turner

Dealt 2017

Directed by Luke Korem Framing Reality

Winner of an Audience Award at SXSW, this fascinating feel-good doco introduces us to blind card magician Richard Turner, who learns a few new tricks as he comes to terms with visual impairment.

USA In English
85 minutes DCP
E

Director

Producers

Russell Wayne Groves
,
Luke Korem

Screenplay

Bradley Jackson
,
Luke Korem

Photography

Jacob Hamilton

Editors

Derek Boonstra
,
Luke Korem

Music

Duncan Thum
,
Sebastian Örnemark

With

Richard Turner
,
Kim Turner
,
Asa Spades Turner
,
Simon Carmel
,
Lori Dragt
,
Michaela Vail

Festivals

SXSW 2017

Awards

Audience Award (Documentary)
,
SXSW Film Festival 2017

PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT FROM

US Embassy

Luke Korem and Russell Wayne Groves will be in attendance for a Q+A following the screenings at ASB Waterfront Theatre

Richard Turner is one of the world’s greatest card magicians. With four decades of experience, his amazing sleight of hand and deft card control are astonishing to see, even before you find out he is completely blind. As one audience member exclaims after seeing his show, “Is there a deeper magic that’s happening?”

Director Luke Korem’s portrait of card artistry and stubborn dedication introduces us to the man behind the magic. Inspired by the theme song of TV show Maverick, Turner committed his life to “livin’ on jacks and queens” and the gradual loss of his eyesight that began when he was nine did little to deter him. Indeed, if it were up to him, he’d rather no one even knew he was blind.

Turner’s proud refusal to be defined by his disability is not without its drawbacks, as the film savvily demonstrates by contrasting his situation with his sister’s. She too is blind, but has no compunction about using a seeing eye dog to get around. When not performing, Turner is wholly reliant on his wife, Kim, and his delightfully named son, Asa Spades. But when Asa leaves for college, Turner has to learn a few new tricks and finally come to terms with his visual impairment. — MM