THE PERSONAL LIFE OF JUAN TAMARIZ
Juan Tamariz changed so many things about the way I thought Magic should be approached and performed. There are so many Greats out there that we can admire from Dai Vernon to David Copperfield and David Blaine, but then this Juan Tamariz.
For me it was the humility and fun that he brought into the Art of Magic. He does the most amazing sleights and complicated Mnemonics but it does with a smile and so much love. We can carry this forward in our Magic, even if we are doing serious mind reading or dangerous escapades. The love of the Art of Magic must be the foundation for all who take Magic seriously.
So let's learn more about the Master Magician
Juan Tamariz (Juan Tamariz-Martel Negrón) was born and raised in Madrid, Spain on October 18, 1942. Tamariz developed a passion for magic at the age of 4 after his parents took him to the theater to see a magician.
At the age of twelve, Tamariz began to learn magic in books, and became friends with many magicians of the "Spanish Society of Illusionism". Young Tamariz had a lot of magic mentors including Arturo de Ascanio, a talented magician who designed and created a number of magical effects.
JUAN TAMARIZ SPECIALTY
HIS APPROACH TO MAGIC
Juan Tamariz experiments with the arts related to magic: acting like a clown, puppeteer, he even made a brief passage in a circus. At age 18, the young Juan began the career of Physical Sciences, which he left after four years (of the five that made up the career) to go to study at the Film School. Although he did not get to graduate, during its time as a student he directed two short movies: Death SA and the Spirit, in '67 and the '69 respectively. Later, he applied his knowledge of the film and used it in his presentation of magic. But, regardless of his studies, Tamariz always says, he was born being a magician. As a child at Christmas he always had magic games, and he knew that there was his future and his passion.
Magic is not only part of his professional life, it also filled his heart. In 2008, Juan Tamariz got married to Consuelo Lorgia, with whom he shares a scene in his most recent tours and in queimadas with great success in the public. Every time that Consuelo Lorgia and Juan Tamariz enter the scene they fill with their charisma, their styles are elegant and charming, and they make classic effects remembering that golden age of magic in the best stages of the world.
He landed a job in advertising and the production of commercials. He discovered that some of the techniques he used in the commercials were like magic especially psychology and perception. However, he was not particularly interested in using these techniques to sell products, so he left in 1970 working to focus solely on the art of magic. Tamariz, who led a simple life at the time, could not afford great stage illusions, so he turned to the art of close-up conjuring mainly in the field of card magic.
In the 1970s, he was invited to perform in Buenos Aires where he played on television. His show was a huge success, which led to subsequent contracts. He was subsequently invited to Spain and South America. Juan Tamariz introduced himself to FISM in 2006, and with Arturo de Ascanio, he directed the "Escuela Magica de Madrid" a school of close-up magic that produced and awarded many FISM magicians and deeply influenced the art of magic around the world.
ABOUT JUAN TAMARIZ WIFE (CONSUELO LORGIA)
Consuelo Lorgia is a wonderful and prestigious Colombian magician, daughter, sister and mother of magicians married to Juan Tamariz.
She has obtained Magic prizes in the Congresses of Mexico and Brazil. He acted in TV shows "123", El Hormiguero, Buenafuente and Caracol TV ... and currently collaborates in the show of Juan Tamariz with his own Magic numbers. Its magic has been seen in various countries from Italy to Germany, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, from Colombia to Canada, from Morocco to Paris, Hong Kong, Copenhagen...
Specialist in Magic for families (adults and children from 2 to 99 years) that seduces with his show "Magic with Charm" that is currently presented in various theaters of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Cadiz, San Sebastian, etc.: one hour of visual effects, full of color and charm: silk scarves, flowers, multicolored balls with much participation of the children's audience, generally very funny games, and, whenever possible, a Great Illusion).
JUAN TAMARIZ: A GENIUS MAGICIAN
As a cartomaniac, Juan Tamariz is highly respected as "Misdirectionneur in Chief". He is regarded by magicians as the greatest master in the art of diverting attention. He also created a system called "Methodo symbolico", to discuss magic through language barriers, and is an important figure in the Escorial convention. He became so successful in his native Spain that he was commissioned to write five books in English: The Five Points in Magic, The Magic Way, Sonata, Mnémonica, and Verbal Magic.
In his book "The Magic Way", Juan Tamariz explains what are the ingredients that allow to build a tower so that it turns into a true miracle. The mere availability of a piece can turn into a true miracle! A simple theory that analyzes in a complete way these mechanisms that leads to the magical effect.
Juan Tamariz is a unique artist, who marks the magical life in Spain and influences the magic world. He does not content himself with writing tricks, he comments on them, explains them, it is the path of his thought and his talent that one discovers through these books.
Juan has developed a true philosophy of magic in Spain. There is a 'Spanish School', and it is thanks to the generosity of great magicians like Tamariz and Arturo de Ascanio that Spanish Magic is one of the best in Europe.
Juan Tamariz is globally known among magicians as a true master of his art, and one who generously shares his time and knowledge, both in print and in person, with the magical community. Juan Tamariz is one of the greatest and best illusionists, numismagos and cartomagos in the world. His imaginary violin, his hat and his wonderful sense of humor are his hallmarks. His motto is "Magic, Love, Freedom, Humor, Magic, and the rest is nothingness.”
In 1973, having already won several national awards, Tamariz jumped to the international arena by proclaiming himself winner of the World Cardomagia Prize at the World Congress of Magic, held in France, with his INCREDIBLE presentation known as The Paris Number.
Juan is one of the magicians who have made the most contributions to the world of illusionism. His theory of the psychology of the spectator stands out above all things, and he has written publications about it for more than forty years, which have been translated into five languages. To his credit there are twenty books, since '69 when he published Coins, coins and ... Coins, in which he shares his wisdom, routines and theories. His latest book, Por arte de verbimagia, was published in 2005.
After this, the string of awards that accumulates to Tamariz is are unnamable, but he has never given importance. Quite the opposite: he always says that "the prizes he has won have been bought with hams". In addition, Juan Tamariz is a teacher who teaches and teaches seminars at the universities of magic and travels around the world. His eclectic curiosity and his penchant for teaching make him an authority on the history of Magic and one of the most extraordinary living practitioners. He has performed in Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, London, Bogotá, Cairo, New York and Santiago de Chile.
Over his career, he has appeared in numerous television programs, like “Buenas Tardes”, “Tiempo de Magia”, “Un, dos, tres… responda otra vez” and “Chantatachán”. In all of these programmes, he has performed his comic pieces of magic and illusion. He has also brought magic to the little ones in the children’s program called “El Recreo”.
The contributions of Tamariz to magic have an incalculable value. He is the creator of a lot of games and routines, as well as techniques and magical passes. Among them, is the creator of the method of false tracks, according to which a game must be presented in such a way that even the desire of the spectators to analyze it is eliminated, so that the magical sensation is enhanced. This theory was published and explained by Tamariz in his book The Magic Way.
Enter the world and the philosophy of Tamariz and you will come out with a new vision of the Magic Art 'as much for the general public as for the magicians, Juan is probably the most popular and brilliant personality in the history of Spanish magic.
- SEI Magic Comic 2nd Prize (1962)
- SEI Cartomagie 2nd Prize (1962)
- Second Prize for Card Tricks at the Amsterdam World Congress (1970)
- FFAP Micro-Magic 1st Prize (1971)
- SEI Grand Prix Grand Prix (1972)
- World Card Tricks Champion at the Paris World Congress (1973)
- FISM Close-up Cards 1st Prize (1973)
- Mandrakes of Gold Golden Mandrakes Winner (1990)
- Golden Mandrake Award, Paris (1991)
- US Academy of Magical Arts Magician of the Year and Professional Magic Grand Prize, Washington (1993)
- Golden Mandrakes Golden Mandrakes Winner (2001)
- FISM Special Awards Theory & Philosophy (2009)
- Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2010)
ARTY OF JUAN TAMARIZ
Juan Tamariz plays a fulsome, high-spirited, comical and offbeat character, on the verge of madness. His Spanish accent enhances the comic effect.
Juan Tamariz is first recognized for his mastery of his art, in its technical and psychological dimensions. A great technician of cards, he manipulates without flamboyance. He is known for certain powerful and original techniques but also for his memorized game (Mnémonica), which many think surpasses all those who have been imagined for several centuries.
He publishes a large number of articles in magical journals from all over the world, some of which are intended for learning magic and others for experienced and professional magicians.
- Theoretical-practical thinking
The written work of Juan Tamariz constantly combines practice and theory, in the line of Arturo de Ascanio, from which he takes up the main concepts: parenthesis of forgetfulness, obsessive question, action in transit, actions of apparent continuity, anti-contrast parenthesis etc. Among the books of Tamariz, this one distinguishes two major series, each composed according to a ternary structure. First series (where techniques and routines are exhibited and whose titles pay homage to musical forms): 1 / Sonata, 2 / Mnémonica (Symphony in Major mnemonic), 3 / Flamenco (forthcoming). Second series, in which the theoretical aspect is put forward and that Tamariz considers as its essential contribution to the magic art: 1 / the 5 magic points, 2 / the magic path, 3 / Rainbow (Arco Iris, forthcoming).
With 75 years of age and a whole life dedicated to illusionism, Tamariz seems that the years do not pass, because it is just as fantastic as when it filled our living rooms with laughter and fantasy. And despite everything that has been said, we are still very far from being able to 'explain' Juan. I am certain that his personality is the Essence of all that is Secret, a personality devoted to the service of Magic for many years.