Documentary Feature Competition
A juried competition featuring the best of international cinema

USA, 2017, 85 min., Color

Richard Turner is one of the world’s greatest card magicians. He also happens to be blind.

This charming portrait follows Richard Turner’s journey. He began losing his vision as a child. Frustrated by his blindness, Turner became rebellious and adventurous, eventually focusing his determination and high-energy into cards.

In DEALT, we watch as Turner wows audiences at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and practices diligently throughout his daily life. He travels the world showing his card tricks, often with his supportive family by his side. Turner struggles with his dependency and wants respect for this great skill without the recognition of his disability. His pursuit of perfection is endless.

Director Luke Korem returns to DIFF with a documentary that shows how our weaknesses may actually be our greatest strengths. Turner is an inspiring character, reminding us to live our lives to the fullest, no matter the cards we are dealt.

— Sarah Harris
Luke Korem
Bradley Jackson, Luke Korem
Jacob Hamilton
Derek Boonstra, Luke Korem
Richard Turner, Johnny Thompson, Max Maven, Armando Lucero

Director Bio

Luke Korem is a director, writer and producer from Texas. Korem made his feature directorial debut with the documentary LORD MONTAGU, which played at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival. DEALT, a documentary on the life of magician Richard Turner, is his latest documentary project.
Screenings Co-presented by:
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