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Juan Tamariz

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Juan Tamariz

Cover of Genii (2010)
BornJuan Tamariz-Martel Negrón
October 18, 1942
Madrid, Spain [1]

CategoriesBooks by Juan Tamariz

Juan Tamariz (b.1942) is very well respected among magicians as an authority in the field of misdirection.


Tamariz is considered by many magicians to be the greatest living master of the art.

A celebrity of television and stage in Spain and South America, Juan Tamariz is known internationally 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 magic community. He is the author of four critically acclaimed best-selling books in English: The Five Points of Magic, The Magic Way, Sonata and Mnemonica. Along with Arturo de Ascanio, Tamariz has spearheaded a school of thought in close-up magic that has produced FISM award-winning champions and deeply influenced the craft of magic worldwide.

Juan Tamariz performed at FISM in 2006.

Dai Vernon wrote: "(...)Tamariz, absolutely puzzled and mystified everyone with his truly marvelous card handling. No one had the slightest idea how he accomplished some of his really remarkable effects. In well over eighty years I was never so completely deceived. "


"My main goal is to fascinate the audience into thinking that they are dreaming, even if this is only for a few seconds."




  • Second Prize in Congreso Mágico Nacional de Zaragoza, 1962.
  • As de Cartomagia (Ace of card magic) in the first magical contest of Madrid.
  • Great Prize in the IV Congreso Nacional de Magia de San Sebastián, April 1972.[2]
  • The Council of Ministers of Spain awarded him the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts), April 2011.[3]
  • The Madrid City Council awarded him the Gold Medal of the city, May 2019.[4]


  • 2° Price on Micromagic, with Juan Antón (routine: Los Mancos), FISM Amsterdam XI 1970.[5]
  • 1° Price on Close-up Card, FISM Paris XII 1973.[6]
  • Mention as Magician of the Year, by the Academy of Magical Arts 1992.[7]
  • Mention as Performing Fellowship, by the Academy of Magical Arts 2000.[8]
  • Special Award on Theory & Philosophy, FISM Beijing XXIV 2009.[9]
  • Mention as Master Fellowship, by the Academy of Magical Arts 2012.[10]


  1. Sonata The Author as Seen by the Author, page 311
  2. El gran premio fue otorgado a "TAMARIZ" de Madrid El Diario Vasco 2 May 1972 link
  3. Acuerdo del Consejo de Ministros de 8 de abril de 2011. Concesión de las Medallas de Oro al mérito de las Bellas Artes 2010 La Moncloa 24 November 2011 link
  4. El Ayuntamiento premia a Carmen Linares, Juan Tamariz, ‘El Roto’ y la Mesa de las Pensiones con la Medalla de Oro de Madrid Diario de Madrid 15 May 2019 link
  5. 1970 Amsterdam XI World Championships FISM 1970 link
  6. 1973 Paris XII World Championships FISM 1973 link
  7. Hall of FAme AMA 1992 link
  8. Hall of FAme AMA 2000 link
  9. FISM Beijing XXIV World Championships FISM 2009 link
  10. Hall of FAme AMA 2012 link
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