Directed by Luke Korem
Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.
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★★★★ review by Jeff Widman on Letterboxd
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★★★★ review by Lately on Letterboxd
DIFF 2017 Film #2 - Really insightful documentary on the experience of a person who doesn't want to be known sinply for his impaired vision.
★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd
Richard Turner is one of the great card mechanics of all time – a 40-years-in performer whose performances are like magic shows, except he’s not just showing tricks, but the moves cheaters use to win at casinos and the card table. He’s spectacularly talented, a funny, gregarious dude who’s always got a deck of cards in his hands (“I have a two to three pack a day habit,” he jokes) and whose sleight of hand is astonishing even *before* you discover he’s completely blind. Director Luke Korem traces his loss of sight, which began at age nine (using effective camera tricks to visually represent his deteriorating state of vision), and his consequent resistance to labels and limits. In some ways, his refusal to be defined by his blindness is admirable, but the filmmaker savvily navigates the tricky question of whether he just doesn’t want to admit to, and come to terms with, his condition. Korem works a little too hard at the end to assure us how inspirational Turner (and by extension, the film) is, but that complaint aside, this is a compelling and frequently dazzling portrait.
★★★★ review by Rachel on Letterboxd
A fun ride, lots of mouth-open moments. A sensitive look at someone coming to terms with their personal limits.
★★★★ review by Matthew Murray on Letterboxd
A really endearing and pleasant little feel good doco. Had a lot more going on than I'd initially suspected from the subject, I really enjoyed this one!
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