Persistence: The Essential Skill for Magic / by Bharat Rao

Excerpt from MAGICAL:

The field of magic is a fertile ground for people who are extraordinarily persistent and are able to overcome adversities. There are famous examples like the Argentinian magician René Lavand, who became one of the leading exponents in Europe despite losing one hand in a childhood accident; Matthias Buchinger, born without hands or feet, but went on to become the ‘Greatest German Living’, to, in our own time, Richard Turner, who can “see” all the cards he is dealing despite being legally blind.

Source: Dealt

Source: Dealt

Turner, a self-described card mechanic, is barred from all casinos as he would literally break the house. Watch one of his performances to contemplate the deep mysteries of human talent and abilities. Turner’s fingers are so sensitive that they can detect moisture levels in cards that computers routinely miss. He is on retainer with The United States Playing Card Company, who sends him samples of their playing card decks for testing; in exchange for his services, they send him all the cards he wants. In a classic motivational talk combined with card magic show, he recently took on an auditorium full of smart MIT students and left most of them slack jawed. In addition, Turner is a sought after motivational speaker and a fifth degree black belt despite his handicap.