8.2/10
96
3 user 14 critic
Trailer
2:05 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $6.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.

Director:

4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Family secrets, lies, high drama and generations of contemporary history unspool in this international story that begins with World War II and concludes with an emotional 21st-century ... See full summary »

Directors: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Stars: Izak Sagi, Shep Shell, Aida Zasadsinska
Jane II (2017)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Using a trove of unseen footage, the film tells the story of Jane Goodall's early explorations, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that she studied.

Director: Brett Morgen
Stars: Jane Goodall
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason.

Directors: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Ann Druyan
Trophy (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz
The Work (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
Stars: Brian, Vegas, Charles
Barracuda (2017)
Drama | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy-one way or another.

Directors: Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
Stars: Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams
Dina (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

Directors: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
Stars: Dina Buno, Scott Levin
School Life (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.

Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane
LBJ (2016)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, C. Thomas Howell, Bill Pullman
Frank Serpico (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In his own words, Frank Serpico tells the story of his one-man crusade for police reform in the NYPD during the early 1970s.

Director: Antonino D'Ambrosio
Stars: Frank Serpico, Stanislao Pugliese, Janet Panetta
Spettacolo (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. "Spettacolo" is a portrait of this 50-... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
Stars: Andrea Cresti, Chiara Del Ciondolo, Gianna Fiore
Heal (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary film that takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that by changing one's perceptions, the human body can heal itself from any dis-ease.

Director: Kelly Noonan
Stars: Deepak Chopra, Joseph Dispenza, Michael Beckwith
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Turner ...
Himself
Johnny Thompson ...
Himself
Max Maven ...
Himself
Armando Lucero ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Blowers ...
Himself
Simon Carmel ...
Himself
John Douglas ...
Himself
Lori Dragt ...
Herself
Jason England ...
Himself
Joan Finch ...
Herself
Steve Forte ...
Himself
...
Himself
Elena Geraymovych ...
Herself
Jack Goldfinger ...
Himself
Kerry Jo ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One of the World's Greatest Card Magicians... is Completely Blind.


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,293 (North America) (22 October 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
pick a card
19 October 2017 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. One of the sub-genres of film documentaries involves profiling those folks who are doing extraordinary things in life. Sometimes these people are changing the world, sometimes they are sharing their talents, and other times they are overcoming challenges that most of us don't have. Richard Turner of San Antonio, Texas is one who checks all three boxes.

Mr. Turner is the world's best card mechanic … a magician, if you will – although he doesn't much like that word. Now you might be asking how a card trickster is changing the world, and it's a fair question. The answer becomes clear when we see him quietly bonding and sharing some card secrets with a young, similarly visually- impaired girl late in the film. That's correct, Mr. Turner is himself blind, and if you assume that a blind man cannot possibly execute highly complex and entertaining card tricks, you are encouraged to learn more about this remarkable man.

Mr. Turner is quick to recall what drew him to cards. He references the James Garner TV series "Maverick" as an inspiration, and soon decided that would make a pretty good way to earn a living. He has used his touch of hyper-activeness to relentlessly master his card skills, while also honing his stage presence. We hear others discuss his impact, and watch vintage clips of his TV appearances. "Blind" was a word he spurned for years, as he was driven to let his skills stand on their own against all others (skills that would be mind- blowing and world class even if he weren't blind). Turner's adamant refusal to admit his disability (no Braille, no cane, no dogs) was enabled by his dependence on his son, whose departure for college left a gaping hole in dad's life. We also meet Richard's sister Lori. She owns and runs her own construction company … and is also blind.

Director Luke Korem expertly provides the necessary background for us to understand how Turner has become the star he is. Rather than focus on the technical aspects of card "magic", he focuses on the man and his personal journey. It's fascinating how he delivers a personal profile of the family man – the flawed man – who has slowly, but surely come to accept his disability after a life of denial. So while we "ooh and ahh" and gape in amazement at his card skills, our hearts are touched by the relationships he has with his wife Kim, his son Asa (yes, Asa Spades Turner), and his self- reflective drive that allowed him to reach 5th degree black belt. Mr. Turner likely fine-tuned his card skills for nearly16 hours today … how was your day?


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page