I was trying to hide the tears from my son as we watched Dealt, the Richard Turner documentary. The film is about the life and career of one of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner, a blind expert card manipulator known for his card trick performances. I was getting misty because there's a scene when he sends his son off to college. I realized our kids will be heading off before we know it.
You would imagine you could learn a lot about performance and card magic from Richard Turner, the winner of the Golden Lion Award in Magic, the Lynn Searles Award for Excellence in Card Manipulation, and the recipient of the Close-Up Magician of the Year award from The Academy of Magical Arts. What you wouldn't expect are the invaluable life lessons within the film.
Whether you have an interest in card magic (like I do) or not, I implore you to watch Luke Korem's Dealt. I promise you will come away feeling inspired and thankful. The following are a few takeaways I jotted down during the movie.
Lessons from Richard Turner in “Dealt”
Believe that you are special. You have to love yourself. Richard Turner proves this in spades!
Be thankful for your setbacks, they make you who you are. Turner took his blindness and made it his secret weapon.
Be honest and transparent. This isn't a cliche, folks.
Accept your weaknesses. Accept help from others. We all have weaknesses. When we accept them we can move on with your life.
Practice, practice, practice what you want to be known for.
You can't conquer what you're not willing to confront. Screw the demons!