Thursday, April 6, 2017
Richard Turner's Inspirational Life Revealed at Diff Screening of Dealt
The exciting thing about the Dallas international Film Festival is the Q and A after the film. Luke Korem, director of Dealt explained his journey of making the film about Richard Turner, the world's greatest magician. He also happens to be blind.
Richard travels the world doing card tricks with his loving wife. The relationship between his wife and son became an important part of the story arc. The film generated a standing ovation from the Diff crowd. Sundance Selects took U. S. rights to the documentary they believe in the film so much.
Turners demonstrations of card tricks have been featured on Ripley's Believe It OR Not, The 700 Club, Japanese Shows, World Geniuses That's Incredible and The Paul Daniels Magic Show. Richard has gotten the world's attention with his amazing skill of manipulating cards while being in the dark.
Diff selected the Dealt Documentary from thousands of submissions. The film will expose Richard Turner's talent to an even larger audience but he was been touching fans for decades.
He entertained VIP's for four years at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas. He served for seven years as Ambassador and featured performer at Six Flags Fiesta, Texas. He entertained for nine years at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in downtown San Antonio. He demonstrates his card tricks at magic conventions, provite parties and business expositions.
His devoted wife has been with Richard every step of the way, supporting him. He always has a deck of cards in his hands because they are soothing to him. Turner grew up in San Diego, California. At the age of nine his eyesight failed after his recovery from scarlet fever. The center of the retina of each of Turner's eyes was completely destroyed.
At the age of thirteen his vision deteriorated to 20/400, twice the level the State of California necessary to say you are legally blind. He attended a special school in Santee, California, where he refused to learn braille.
For six years he performed with Lamb's players, a San Diego christian theater operated by actor Steve Terrell. Terrel taught Turner how to look people in the eye so they would never suspect he was blind.
Director of Dealt Luke Korem brought out the side of Richard that likes people to see him like everyone else. He practiced for hours and hours to perfect his tricks so when he performs people do not realize he is blind. Magician Ed MArlo praised Turner as a card-man, actor and entertainer by saying, "Technicians as a rule are not usually good actors or entertainers Richard Turner is all three.
The film received a standing ovation at the Dallas International Film Festival.