Screened as part of NZIFF 2017

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



Russell Wayne Groves
Luke Korem


Bradley Jackson
Luke Korem


Jacob Hamilton


Derek Boonstra
Luke Korem


Duncan Thum
Sebastian Örnemark


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


SXSW 2017


Audience Award (Documentary)
SXSW Film Festival 2017

Debra Granik's visit is supported by

US Embassy

Luke Korem will be in attendance for a Q+A following the screening.

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