One of the world’s best card magicians happens to be blind

Richard Turner is one of the greatest “card mechanics” in the world. Luke Korem, who’s made the documentary “Dealt” about Turner, says he’s the greatest ever.

A card mechanic is a card cheat. Though he used to earn lots of money cheating in high-stakes card games, Turner now calls himself “an entertainer,” and he performs his sleight-of-hand feats to audiences all over the world.

While watching Turner, what many people don’t realize — and can’t quite believe — is that he is blind.

Turner and Korem visited KCRW to talk with Press Play, and Turner gave host Madeleine Brand a private demonstration:

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