Richard Turner is a creative corporate phenomenon who dazzles, entertains, and inspires audiences world-wide. Casino game protection experts and gamblers have long revered Richard Turner as a master Playing Card Mechanic/Manipulator whom – they envision – could have taken-down any old-west casino card game or wiped-out the bankroll of the most savvy high-stakes gambler. Richard’s talent, humor, poise, and eloquence have elevated this totally blind card mechanic to new heights as a highly sought-after stage entertainer and Fortune 500 motivational speaker.
He has entertained and entranced millions of audience members and scores of CEOs and celebrities, among them Tonight Show host Johnny Carson; singer Lee Greenwood; comedian Bob Hope; actors Jimmy Stewart, Gene Kelly and Brad Pitt; sports legend Muhammad Ali, and many, many more. Despite what people often describe as a handicap, Richard has fought long and hard – literally – as a student of Wado Kai-style Karate, earning the title “Master Turner” by attaining his 6th degree Black Belt.
As a Lifetime Member of The Magic Castle in Hollywood who still performs in the close-up room to the delight of spell-bound audiences, Richard has been nominated for and won many awards, including the highly-coveted “Close-up Magician of the Year Award” (the magic industry’s equivalent of the Oscar). His unparalleled skill with a deck of cards has been repeatedly featured on world-wide television shows, including a performance on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” wherein Penn Jillette admitted, “We got nothing to say. He fooled us with every single move he did.”
Richard Turner is also the subject of the acclaimed feature documentary film DEALT that won the “Audience Choice Award” at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival, receiving rave reviews in publications across the country from the New York Times to the L. A. Times. DEALT received a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes; a 5 star-rating on iTunes; and VARIETY described Richard as “nothing short of dazzling.” Teller, the normally silent half of Penn & Teller stated that “DEALT knocked me dead – A great Documentary!”
What’s next for Richard Turner? Variety Magazine recently announced that Richard and his DEALT film producers have signed a deal with film and television executive Mark Ordesky (best known as the executive producer of the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy) and Jane Fleming with Court Five Productions to produce a feature film based on Richard’s frenetically fascinating life story!