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I have to assume that I'm a fan of the Spanish magic school. And one of my top magicians is Dani Daortiz. I love is actitud in magic, his unconcern actitud when performing and also is madness!
Here it is a jazz session of magic from him in Flasoma 




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Wow. His ACAAN is pretty great
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Dani is not only a great magician but also a great person to be around and hang out and talk about magic, also he can perform for hours on end which is great for magic lovers
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He's amazing.
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Dani frys me with regularity - in English and Spanish. Look forward to meeting him someday. 
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He has a new penguin lecture this Sunday where he teaches more semi-auto tricks and the description also says "He also will explain all of the psychology and structure of his 90 minute card magic one-man show." With this lecture going to be his third lecture (and having seen the other two and performed material from both) it will definitely be a killer.
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that is really some great stuff. he is a very talented man. I also have great respect for the Spanish school and its followers

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I just finished listening to the most recent Podcast from Art of Magic with Tony Chang. Tony talks a bit about Dani and he said something that makes so much sense. I have watched a lot of Dani's lectures and gotten some good stuff from them, but the better part is watching him perform because only Dani can perform this material the way Dani does. Tony said something along the lines of: "Dani doesn't care about giving away his secrets because he knows no one will ever be able to do the tricks the way he does. Dani is the secret, the methods don't matter." 

Dani is someone to respect and admirer for this reason alone. He can force a number on someone because of who he is, where he is from, etc. Just something to think about. 

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synapse - I am looking forward to the new penguin lecture that you mentioned. Dani's deep understanding of psychology and the exploitation of it in his magic is what raises him to the level of 'magical genius' in my estimation.

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the psychology of magic is a more than a little beyond my grasp at this point. But I can certainly appreciate a great magician and he fits the bill perfectly

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Agreed Ben!

I heard that podcast as well.  Dani is so unique, that he truly is an artist.  Due to budget and time constraints I have never sought out his material.  I realized when looking at him, and how we performs, that those effects seem so tied to his person, that it would be of limited value for me. Valuable, but still too much time to investing in.

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Agreed Ben!

I heard that podcast as well.  Dani is so unique, that he truly is an artist.  Due to budget and time constraints I have never sought out his material.  I realized when looking at him, and how we performs, that those effects seem so tied to his person, that it would be of limited value for me. Valuable, but still too much time to investing in.

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Some of his ideas though are incredible.  I just saw his penguin live lecture.  He has a really brilliant way of 'forcing' the audience to request an encore, which I think can be done for almost anybody.  But you're very right.  As he keeps mentioning, he feels that magic should be a presentation of the magician, and many of his ideas are about how to present himself better.  Still absolutely incredible to learn from.
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Some of his ideas though are incredible.  I just saw his penguin live lecture.  He has a really brilliant way of 'forcing' the audience to request an encore, which I think can be done for almost anybody.  But you're very right.  As he keeps mentioning, he feels that magic should be a presentation of the magician, and many of his ideas are about how to present himself better.  Still absolutely incredible to learn from.


How did you like his new lecture, Chi Han?

I was thinking of buying it but wasn't sure if he covered any new stuff.

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I have seen Dani several times at 4F. He always kills. His "I don't care" attitude sells the impossibility. "Do you want to stop here? Maybe go more or less. I don't care...."

Asi Wind has the same sort of attitude. I have seen Asi a few times and am always amazed that he seems to never miss. After a while the spec (who is a magician) starts to take the opportunity offered to go back a few. He still hits. Damn! Outs have something to do with it, but if he's using outs they are invisible.

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I have seen Dani several times at 4F. He always kills. His "I don't care" attitude sells the impossibility. "Do you want to stop here? Maybe go more or less. I don't care...."

Asi Wind has the same sort of attitude. I have seen Asi a few times and am always amazed that he seems to never miss. After a while the spec (who is a magician) starts to take the opportunity offered to go back a few. He still hits. Damn! Outs have something to do with it, but if he's using outs they are invisible.

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Man, Asi Wind is going to be lecturing here in Portland this March. I've got to somehow clear my schedule to be there.

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I just finished listening to the most recent Podcast from Art of Magic with Tony Chang. Tony talks a bit about Dani and he said something that makes so much sense. I have watched a lot of Dani's lectures and gotten some good stuff from them, but the better part is watching him perform because only Dani can perform this material the way Dani does. Tony said something along the lines of: "Dani doesn't care about giving away his secrets because he knows no one will ever be able to do the tricks the way he does. Dani is the secret, the methods don't matter." 

Dani is someone to respect and admirer for this reason alone. He can force a number on someone because of who he is, where he is from, etc. Just something to think about. 


Joe Barry manages it in a completely different way, but he is heavily influenced by Dani.
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Tony said something along the lines of: "Dani doesn't care about giving away his secrets because he knows no one will ever be able to do the tricks the way he does. Dani is the secret, the methods don't matter." 



That rings true for me. Many of his sleights are based on attitude and body language that is unique to him. I think that his methods could still be used effectively by other magicians who are able to adapt them to their own natural body language.

His thoughts on the classic force have been incredibly useful to me.

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Asi Wind has the same sort of attitude. I have seen Asi a few times and am always amazed that he seems to never miss. After a while the spec (who is a magician) starts to take the opportunity offered to go back a few. He still hits. Damn! Outs have something to do with it, but if he's using outs they are invisible.

Mike


Mike -- I think we attended the same lecture at an MC convention a couple of years ago.  If I recall, ASI stated that he hates "outs" -- he simply continues the process, jazzing as he goes, until he can produce a stunning conclusion.  In effect, however, that in itself could definitely be considered an "out".  The great thing about all of these guys is that their personalities, combined with the tremendous amount of tools they have in their "bag", allow them to feel so incredibly comfortable no matter what situation arises (I wish I could do that!).  Posts about these guys are always fascinating -- thanks -- johnny
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How did you like his new lecture, Chi Han?

I was thinking of buying it but wasn't sure if he covered any new stuff.

Rudy


Rudy, you can see the contents of that lecture here:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7679





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Good points Johnny. Large bag of tools and total confidence that they'll bring the trick to a successful conclusion. Juan, Asi, Dani and others, especially those in the Spanish tradition have this quality. One thing about the Spanish guys is the exuberant attitude. In some ways they are channeling Juan. And, as someone pointed out above, this makes it difficult to perform some of their stuff. When they do it it's awesome due to the pumped up personality aspect on top of the magic. It's difficult for most of us to "own the room" the way those guys do. We have Bill Malone and Dave Williamson and others who routinely "own the room."

Someone mentioned Joe Barry in this context. I agree. It's all about being able to improvise (jazz). 

The "jazz" metaphor is dead on too. When a musician has the tools needed and the confidence in his/her ability to play "in the moment", wonderful things happen. Also, the experience of being in the moment either in music or magic is wonderful in itself. It's a "zen-like" state where you're unaware of your separateness i.e. are "one with the universe." This is especially true in music. Your fingers just know where to go. There's no thought.

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