If you thought card tricks by sighted people were neat, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

There’s no so such thing as the supernatural, with one notable exception: card tricks. If you’ve ever seen an expert perform one up close, it’s clear that dark magic is involved, and Luke Korem’s documentary Dealt examines one master of sleight of hand who performs all his magic in the dark. Richard Turner does amazing card tricks as easily as the rest of us breathe, but what makes it all the spookier is that he’s legally blind. Think about that. He can crack open a fresh deck — and there are tens of thousands of opened decks in his home — and exhibit complete control over the cards without actually seeing them. Dealt’s primary story is would-be alpha male Turner’s embarrassment about his eyesight and how he overcompensated for it over the years; he wants accolades for being a card magician regardless of his vision, the same way he pursues a black belt despite the deck being stacked against him, as it were. Most affecting is Turner’s Great Santini-like relationship with his son, Aja, who is clearly proud of his father and has been happy to help guide him over the years, but who is also eager to move on and forge his own path. It won’t be as difficult as his father’s paths, but few are.

Not rated.
Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater.

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