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Chan-tatachán

When we posted this photo to Facebook earlier this week and asked "Whose hat is that?" German magician Denis Behr was the first to point out, correctly, "There is only juan such hat." In the world of magic, there are few performers more instantly recognizable than the “Maestro” Juan Tamariz. With a top hat that is never quite able to contain wild unkempt hair, a crazy manic disposition, and an enchanted violin that plays at the successful completion of every trick, he is one of our era's most revered creators, performers and thinkers—most notably in the field of card magic. Along with co-hosts Pedro Reyes and Alaska (María Olvido Gara), Juan starred in a television series, Chan-tatachán, which ran in Spain from 1992 to 1993.

 
With separate sets for close-up, parlour and stage performances, the program was able to explore magic in all of its facets. In addition to his colourful and comic presence, Juan would also perform close-up magic with celebrity guests and engage them in long discussions on what magic was about. The show also featured stand-up comedy, juggling, variety acts and musical guests. 
 
We have assembled over eighteen hours of performances and added them to The Screening Room. There are performances from René Lavand, Gaëtan Bloom, Ricky Jay, David Williamson, John Gaughan and many more. As with our other collections, The Magic Palace and Movie Magic: The Larry Thornton Collection, the video is searchable by performer and by trick. While serveral of the performances are in Spanish, there are also many silent acts to enjoy.
 

We are deeply indebted to Juan Tamariz and Luis Piedrahita for making this footage available to us, to Adam Rubin for facilitating, and to the Slaight Family Foundation for making The Screening Room possible. Thanks to James Alan who processed and indexed the videos. And special thanks to Rafael Benatar, Alfredo Marchese “Alan” and Jorge Blass for their additional research.

 

 

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