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Showman, scholar, savant...cashier? Meet David Teitel, a man who knows more about numbers than you could ever imagine.

RUNTIME: 21:24

David Teitel has worked as a cashier at health food stores since the mid-1980s. He enjoys sharing history facts, baseball statistics and arithmetic with customers — he’s famous for his numbers knowledge.

David lives alone in a messy apartment; handwritten notes cover his walls, appliances and kitchen cupboards. They serve as to-do lists, schedules, appointments and reminders of interesting people, places and stuff.

David has been living with hepatitis C for 39 years and is waiting to be accepted into a new clinical trial. Waiting for treatment, David reflects on his life: his relationship with his parents, his painful adolescence and a period of isolation in his early 20s.

After dropping out of school and struggling with mental illness, David began his career in customer service at an independent cheese store in Kensington Market in Toronto. He’s spent more than 30 years as a cashier and entertainer at health food stores. After years of wrestling with personal demons, David found an environment that’s a perfect fit for his playful nature.

Credits (Click to expand)

Produced, Directed and Edited
VANESSA JUNG

Featuring
DAVID TEITEL
DR. JORDAN WALSH
MAGDALENA KUCZYNSKI

Cinematography  / Motion Graphics / Colour
PHILIP SPORTEL

Sound Design / Sound Mix
BRIAN BERNARD

Additional Sound Design
GEORGE FLORES

Music Supervisor
STEPHANIE COPELAND

Sound Recordists
RYAN MOORE
JACQUIE MACRI

Consulting Story Editor
DEBORAH PALLOWAY

Archival Stills Courtesy Of
PATRICK CUMMINS (TORONTO STREET SCENES)
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
VINCENZO PIETROPAOLO (KENSINGTON MARKET 1981)
BOB POSEN
SALLY MINTZ LEVY
CAROL SHERMAN (DAVID IN THE 1970s)
CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES
LEAH R. TAYLOR
DAVID TEITEL
Archival Footage Courtesy Of
BILL JOHNSTON / SUMMERHILL ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Special Thanks To
ERIC CATOR
EMILY COPELAND
SARAH DOBEC
ERIETTA GATOS
HELENE GREEN

LISA KALLIONIEMI
BEA KIRSHENBAUM
MAYUMI KITIHARI
DAIVA KYYZANAUSKAS
BEVERLY ILAINE
NEIL MACDONALD

ANASTASIO MIRAS
DARIA PEREV
ZOFIA PLOSKA
ALAEXANDRA RADKEWYCZ
ROCHELLE RUBINSTEIN

SCOTT RUSSELL
GRAHAM M. SHEPPARD
STEVE SKRILIC
EDWARD TAYLOR
ZACHARY TEITEL

THE BIG CARROT & CUSTOMERS
TORONTO HEBREW MEMORIAL PARKS
PARDES SHALOM CEMETERY
TORONTO WESTERN HOSPITAL

MUSIC
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PERFORMED BY THE SIMCHATONICS
COMPOSED BY STEVEN RICE PRODUCTIONS
PUBLISHER: SUNSET HILL MUSIC ASCAP
COURTESY OF PRODUCTIONTRAX

PIANO SONATA IN B MINOR
PERFORMED BY STEPHEN HOUGH
COMPOSED BY FRANZ LISZT
COURTESY OF HYPERION RECORDS LIMIITED

BLUE DANUBE WALTZ OP. 314
ALBUM: STRAUSS HIGHLIGHTS – BLUE DANUBE, RADETSZKY MARCH
COMPOSED BY JOHANN STRAUSS II
COURTESY OF APM MUSIC

SHOUT
ALBUM: THE VINTAGE SOUL ERA
COMPOSERS: CHRISTOPHE DESCHAMPS, JEAN LEONARDEN, VINCENT PERROT, ERIC STARCZAN (SACEM)
COURTESY OF APM MUSIC

Executive In Charge Of Programming For CBC Docs
Lesley Birchard

Produced in Association with
THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY

NUMBERS GUY WAS FILMED ON LOCATION IN TORONTO, ONTARIO