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Richard Turner on being followed by a film crew, his Fool Us performance, and spending three years perfecting a single trick


Richard Turner is one of the greatest living card magicians in the world—who also happens to be blind—and is the subject of the critically-acclaimed documentary Dealt, which just launched in theaters and on video-on-demand services in North America. The film explores Turner’s life, how his blindness led him into the world of magic, and how a relentless pursuit of perfection drove him to overcome his disability.

In promoting the film, both Richard Turner and film director Luke Korem teamed up on October 25 to answer questions in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ segment on reddit. There, the duo opened up on aspects of the film, details on Turner’s practice regimen, his influences, and more. Here are a few of the highlights:

On influences and the most difficult move to learn:

On how long it took to learn the side sweep second deal:

On making mistakes:

On how to perform the sweep second: 

On how Luke Korem and Richard Turner met:

On practicing for Penn & Teller Fool Us:

On being filmed for a documentary:

And the most important question: