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Arturo De Ascanio

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Arturo De Ascanio
BornArturo de Ascanio y Navaz
March 22, 1929
DiedApril 6, 1997 (age 68)

Don Arturo de Ascanio y Navaz (b.1929-d.1997) of La Laguna (Tenerife), Spain, wrote about theories and concepts important to magic such as "In-Transit Actions" and "The Law of Primary Motion" which had never been expressed before.


Ascanio on Juan Tamariz TV show

By profession, Ascanio was a lawyer and devoted his life to magic, but he was never a professional magician. His works influenced several generations of Spanish magicians. He was one of the founders of the prestigious Escuela Mágica de Madrid (EMM). Along with Juan Tamariz, Ascanio spearheaded a school of thought in close-up magic that has produced FISM award-winning champions and deeply influenced the craft of magic worldwide.

He is known for his theoretical studies on magic, condensed in Ascanio´s Structural Conception of Magic. He is also known for his Color Changing Knife routines and for inventing the Ascanio Spread (1970) in card magic.[1]. His magical thinking influenced several generations of Spanish and international magicians, such as Juan Tamariz, Roberto Giobbi, Gabi Pareras, Dani Daortiz and several others who mention Ascanio as a fundamental master in their magical thinking.



  • First place Close-up Cards at 1970 FISM in Amsterdam.


  1. Cover Genii 1997 May