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.
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.