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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 (1929 - 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).

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