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A true genius of magic - he cracks me up with his wacky approach to the art... I have learnt a great deal from studying the works of Juan.
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He definitely has his own unique approach and style.  Here's a neat trick...




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Yes DJ this is a wonderful effect, so much to learn yet again... I have studied this and other performances many times, his use of psychology, gestures, timing, body language etc. is superb.

The following is a great example of his crazy cunning:



And this one too [biggrin]

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Yes Socrates, Juan represents the unification of discovering one's natural character/performing persona, with an ingenious understanding of human psychology.
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He even had a nice recovery and response when the woman spectator forgot her card!  "More easy for me to know the card than you"  Love it.
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I need to write something in this old thread:

Tamariz has been like a spititual father for me since I first saw him on TV doing card magic.
I was 7 years old, and everything started with him.
I've always liked his way.
I used to imitate him from my childhood,
until I got my own personality (my own "Tamariz personality"!).
Juan is charismatic, funny, witty, entertaining, and above of all, magic.
His showmanship for magic is perfect.
I met him twice, so I can say as well that he is a wonderful person.
In short, he has been (and is) my inspiration for card magic as amateur.

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A relatively recent podcast here featuring R Paul Wilson. He talks about Tamariz, time he’s spent with him, The Magic Rainbow, The seven Veils etc.. A marvellous listen. Also do try to get your hands on the free lecture notes he mentions. They are superb.

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-insider/id1437930783?i=1000458447739

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A relatively recent podcast here featuring R Paul Wilson. He talks about Tamariz, time he’s spent with him, The Magic Rainbow, The seven Veils etc.. A marvellous listen. Also do try to get your hands on the free lecture notes he mentions. They are superb.

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-insider/id1437930783?i=1000458447739

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Gareth, I found  the list of 13 paths that was to be found on the blogpost.  Is that what he was referring to as lecture notes, or is there something more?
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Yes thats it Ray.
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Yes thats it Ray.


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I agree that Juan Tamariz is an incredibly skilled performer and a profound thinker about magic.  

Unfortunately, his frantic onstage personality just irks me.  That’s not meant as a criticism, because he is amazing and it obviously works for him.  It’s just too frenetic an approach for my liking.  

David Williamson’s onstage personality affects me in the same way.


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I agree that Juan Tamariz is an incredibly skilled performer and a profound thinker about magic.  

Unfortunately, his frantic onstage personality just irks me.  That’s not meant as a criticism, because he is amazing and it obviously works for him.  It’s just too frenetic an approach for my liking.  

David Williamson’s onstage personality affects me in the same way.



As a performer it is tough to be "all things to all people" and no matter what, unless you are Mr. Rogers, you are bound to find detractors.

His style isn't my favorite either.  So when I watch one of his performers I try to tune his antics out and focus on the (to me) more important stuff such as audience management, (mis)direction, timing and other performance aspects.

One of the things we talk about here is not using fancy moves if you want your magic to look more "real" or appear that the magician didn't cause it through skill.

Well Tamariz is a master of that.  He handles cards well, but not in a manner that would suggest he was a retired casino dealer.  And his sleights tend to fly under the radar, way under.


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RE: Tamariz' style - I too am not a fan of the frenetic character. But I think the important part of his style is seen when he's bringing it all home.

He begins to recap and create an image in the spectator's mind of how impossible the impending ending is. He might say, "Remember - you shuffled the cards... then you named a card.... and you named a number..... (pause to let it all sink in)" Now "Start dealing cards face down...." The specs are beginning to think "If that named card is at that number!!! WTF....That's totally impossible...." Then, once the card has been isolated, he'll maximize the feeling that if the card is the named card you've seen a miracle. Then it IS the card! Blam.

He knows how to squeeze out the maximum impact. That's the important feature of his style IMO. 

It's also notable that the Spanish school is all about impossibility. The magic generally isn't visual i.e. color changes, vanishes etc. It's the sheer impossibility of what happens that drives the feeling of magic. This is true of Juan, Woody and Danni as well as many of the other popular Spanish close up workers.




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Mike is spot on in the above post. 

TomG and I saw Juan lecture back in the 90's and I never saw him before that. Every effect he did  seemed like an impossibility. I remember hearing gasps in the audience which I never heard before with a lecture. His style is definitely different but when I saw him live I walked out of the lecture thinking, man, I never seen anything like that and probably never will. 
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I agree that Tamariz sometimes is TOO hilarious. I have noticed that he tries to convey the impossibility sense so much that he sometimes does not control himself, and looks too much frantic.
I try to avoid to be too much "turbulent" in my personal performances when I try to maximize the feeling of impossibility, as Mike explained very well regarding the Spanish school features.

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I first saw Sr. Tamariz on tv and I found his performance to be over the top - actually quite irritating.  Then when I saw him live, he performed in the same manner - and it was absolutely fantastic, I loved every moment.  I think his hyper-energetic style just doesn't fit into a small screen (or maybe that is just for me).
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My best memories of Juan performing are from 4F some years back. He was in the lobby performing for a large group. The group was about half magicians and half laypeople. I was fooled over and over again. At one point he borrowed a deck from someone and did something that was utterly impossible. Later, as I struggled to imagine a method, I realized that he had borrowed the deck from that guy previously, maybe three tricks earlier. He must have set up a stack in that deck during the trick that used it. Then, three tricks later, he re-borrowed it and used the stack to blow everyone away. Diabolical!!


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Yes I have seen him do that too.  He plays the long game, and he is the champion.
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