Directed by Luke Korem / 2017 / USA / 85′
62-year-old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, leaving audiences practically speechless with his sleight of hand. But what people don’t know is that he is completely blind, which makes his tricks even more impressive. Director Luke Korem traces his journey from his troubled childhood, when he began losing his vision, to the present day as he relentlessly pursues perfection while still refusing to accept his disability. Fueled by frustration at a young age, Turner engaged in acts of self-destruction –karate, motorcycling, mountain climbing– to prove the label handicapped didn’t apply to him. “Dealt” is a rare glimpse into the deceptive world of contemporary magic, which holds up a mirror to Turner’s troubled psyche. Could his biggest weakness also be his greatest strength?