He’s one of the best card magicians in the world…and he’s blind!

“Dealt” is the #1 documentary about magic in my 15 Best Documentaries about Magic ranking.

Some highlights:

  • As a child, Richard goes blind. He’s so upset that he holds a magnifying glass between the sun and his eyes to burn his eyes out of his head.
  • Rick practices 16 hours a day including at church, the grocery store and the hot tub.
  • Richard claims that “Professor” Dai Vernon shared moves with Richard that no one else knows.
  • Richard, blind, earns a black belt in karate.
  • Richard finally embraces his blindness and includes it in a 1-man show.
  • Richard finally wins “Close-Up Magician of the Year”

Watch Dealt for free (with library card or student ID) on Kanopy at

There are other streaming options (including free with ads on Tubi or for rent on Amazon, Apple TV, YouTube, etc.) at

Thanks for reading!

-Rob Kelly