A mechanic is somebody who can fix something. An auto mechanic fixes a car,
a body mechanic is a professional killer. I’m a card mechanic I can fix a card game. Ace of cards Richard Turner. He can do things with cards no one else can do. He’s a trickster! He’s demonstrating the moves used by cheaters. The most difficult things you
can do with a deck of cards. I represent why you should
never play cards with strangers. When I saw Richard Turner perform
I was in the presence of greatness. About halfway through the show you can see different members of
the audience realize that… this guy can’t see. It was 1963. I was told you will eventually lose all your sight. He had an eye disease.
Something they can’t do anything about. I was very mad and a
little bit of rebellion was starting to fester. Part of his lifestyle was being not blind. He did not want to be treated any differently. He actually did stuff that he really shouldn’t have done. You’re legally blind,
well how could you possibly fight? I don’t know, find out. Don’t tell him he can’t do something. He’s on the crazy end of obsessive compulsive. He never puts the cards down. He never takes a break. He makes that little ‘tsssshhh’ sound all the time. Turner is also legally blind.
Tell them about your eyesight. People have introduced me saying, “Oh by the way, he’s blind.”
What does that have to do with anything? I’m just Richard Turner. You can just introduce me as that. The statement that can be made about magic is that there aren’t
as many limits as we generally think. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible. I want to be known for what I do on its own merit, because I don’t consider myself disabled.