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Hi Kjellstrom, is the translation clear enough to read in terms of grammar and meaning? I had heard about text translators but havent' tried one...yet!
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I use Babelfish occasionally and it seems like it works, its not perfect, enough to understand the meaning. Try it, its free !
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Very cool thread and thanks to all who have made it so. I've learned tons here. My girlfriend is Honduran so I get a good dose of Spanish when her folks come to visit us. I speak French so our kids will be either very confused or fluent in a few languages.

One question: Has Javier Areny de Plandolit's (sp?) bibliography of Spanish language conjuring books (last edition I know of was the second edition published in 1950) been updated?

Thanks in advance!
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On 2004-07-14 09:50, Barajista wrote:
Has anyone heard of a Spanish magician named Ciuro? Something like that...I don't know if he is XX century or earlier. ciao!

The magician you talked about is Padre Ciuro. He was a spanish magician who had one curiosity, he was a catholic priest. I think he wrote more than ten magic books about cardmagic, general magic, stage magic, and so on. You could find his books in spanish because they had been reprinted.

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Hi Pablo,
Thanks for the info! I will look for his books online and see if I can find one to read this summer (along with all the others) Asi es la vida!

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As Pablo told you Father Ciuro is one of the classic Spanish authors, many current top magicians learned with his books, the good news ins that Laura Aviles from Editorial Paginas is reprinting all his titles, just check the "catalogo" when you visit

On 2004-07-13 16:43, el_loco333 wrote:
Anybody know of any good cardicians from my home country Colombia? I've never heard of any since I haven't been there in a while so I'm just curious.

You may want to check the site of the "Circulo Magico de Medellin"

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What about Benny & Marion Chavez who taught people like Channing Pollack, Neil Foster, Dale Salwak, Carl Ballantine and more.
I'm not sure if Cantu was Latino, but, he was on of the original dove workers who used a Mexican theme.

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One of the GREATEST...

Jose Frakson

Not sure of being Spanish, but definitely Latin, but how about...

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I am including a list with some Latin American, Spanish and Italian magicians I know (some of them died years ago) , and the countries they are from.
There are more names to add to this list.

Vik & Fabrini - 1 st Prize General Magic FISM 1985
Joe Marbel
Prof Atkinson

Fernando Larrain
Ling Fu

Cesareo Pelaez “Marco The Magi” (Beverly, MA)

Gustavo Lorgia

Chen Kai
Armando Vera
Joaquin Ayala
Fernando Keops
Leonardo Trebole

Aldo Izquierdo “Richiardi Jr”
José Antenor De Gago y Zabala "L' Homme Masqué"
Ricardo Sueyras “Richard Suey” (died in Puerto Rico)

Jose Antonio Gonzalez “Marko” (The Learned Pig)
Juan Pablo Jesorum “Chang” (1889 – 1972)

Ni – Zu - Gan

Sony Fontana

Father Salvatore Cimo
Alberto Sitta

Florensa Casasus
Enric Magoo
Jose Frackson
Juan Mayoral
Father Wenceslao Ciuro

Michel & Greco (Vernet´s owners)
Ricardo Roucau “Fantasio”
Jose Ketzelman
Rene Lavand
Marcelo Contento
Father Pedro Fernandez “Ming Ho”
Adrian Guerra (ex-Ramblar)1st Prize Close up Card Magic FISM 1994
Carlos Barragan 1 st Prize Stage Illusions FISM 1997
Henry Evans 1st Prize Close up Card Magic FISM 2000
Ruben Di Sarro “Mc Rubens”
Carlos Colombi

Three friends of mine from Rosario, Argentina (the city where I´m from) are :
Richard Massone (Circus Tihany Spectacular)
Anton Corradin and Eduardo Kozuch, great tricks creators

I hope this help you.

Saludos desde Rosario, Argentina
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I recall a very personable Magician from Mexico named Baltazar Fuentes. He learned his coins/card Magic from books. Realizing he needed more, he left home and went to Chicago to meet and study with Ed Marlo.

He was very skilled and earned a living during this time by being the house Magician at the Pickle Barrel restaurant in (I think) Evanston, Illinois.

This was around the time when Apocolypse was just getting off the ground and I can still vividly recall his presentation of the new (at that time) "Hanging Coins".

Later he made the rounds lecturing for the local Magic clubs. (I believe I still have his lecture notes.)
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Baltazar Fuentes is a very talented magician, he studied with Marlo as you mention, and he teach to Keops 8Keops studied with Fuentes, Slydini, Marlo, and Tamaris, but Keops skill level is amazing and he is a 24 hours a day worker, I`m waiting for his 3 dvd set already filmed by L&L Publishing!!!!
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Baltazaar Fuentes is from Juarez, Mexico. He currently manages a Best Western Motel here in El Paso,Texas at nights. He used to perform at a local mexican food restaurant, but no longer.

I recently introduced Michael Close to him and it was wonderful to watch the interaction of two great magicians. I also introduced Balta to Bill Palmer and Ted Lesley late last year over dinner.....His sleights are superb.....

He isn't very old though Julie....late 50's or so.
Please let me know if you wish to learn more Julie?
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Speaking about the subject, does anyone knows if it exists an Ascanio dvd somewere round the planet were we can watch his performance? I've search a lot and I'm starting to think that there isn't any. After reading his book "La magia de Ascanio" vol 1, I've really become his number 1 fan, even though I've never seen him. If someone knows something about it please let me know.

Greatings from Santiago Chile Smile
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Delucia, check this link out If it does not work, search for Stevens Magic and look up Ascanio and you'll find same.

I was in Santiago during the Christmas Holidays with my family - it would have been fun to hang out with you. Is there a significant magic community in Chile - I didn't get the impression that there was?

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Thanks a lot Dan, I've been searching a lot that information.

In Santiago there are two well known communitys: One of them is "El Circulo Magico" (the magic circle) and the other one it's called "La Hermandad Magica" (the magic brotherhood). There's also a school for magicians directed by Fernando Larrain, who's one of the most popular magicians we have round here. I'm not sorprized you got that impression (and I think it's a real shame). We need to give magic a little more importance here in Chile, although I admite it has improove a bit lately. I'll be most happy to hang out with you if you return, just send me an E-mail to and we'll stay in contact.

Take care my friend
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Gustavo Juarez aka "Zicarte" my dove magic mentor and friend, may he rest in peace. Zicarte was from Mexico, did a few command shows for the President of Mexico, the Magic Castle, magic conventions and tons of shows. A S.A.M Hall of Famer.

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Dear Biro. Don't forget "Million dollars hand magician" Frank Garcia, whose real name was Francisco Garcia (spanish name), the son of an gallego sailor and of leonesa. (the two were from Spain), and according to my reports, in spite of being grown up in Bronx, he was "created" in Spain, ans his character and way of living was spanish until his health disordersonly know to a few that you know. He spoke spanish OK, his querubic smile, like Frakson's one, was part of the typical spanish character.

Going back in time I remember Partagás (he wrote one magic book one century ago) whose Partagas sell was the godfather of "Dunbury dellusion".

I can remember the "Jose Antenor de Gago" Marques de Orihuela "L'Home Masqué", another misterious character, which biography was very well studied by Kaufman (I tip my hat Richard), not being spanish but from South America (¿Ecuador?).

And of course the misterious "Victor Farelli" (never let a photograph being shot at him, the only one I saw was very near his death) who lived in Spain for years.

Nowadays don't forget "Dunninger award winning, year 2003 and 2004" Anthony Blake, another sapnish, in this case mentalism.

For me one of the most misterious of recent magic life is the ¿bolivian? "Marvoyan" whose very good ideas related to mentalism, whose only booklet from Suprem it's a gold mine.

Dear Pablo from Chile: Larrain is his real name. And don't forget Juan Esteban a Chile's born magician whose magic teaching was not related to mapuches, was related to Spain were he lived for years.

In relation to Pit Hardling,he and Roberto Giobbi are part of the spanish conception of magic, in spite of not being born in Spain, spent a lot of time in Spain.

According to the great invetigator Vanni Bossi. the first card magician to which are related several tricks was Jose Dalmau "El tortosino" which in 1500sss was doing his card magic in Italy, in taht moment part of Spain.

I won't forget the first time I was introduced to the technique of the great Baltasar Fuentes, incredible.

Of course the place for the greatest exponent in misdirection and palming technique the Great "Alfonso Aceituno" which was born in El Salvador, latinoamerican origin.

And the gretest RENe LAVANDeira whos grandfathers were from Spain.

I'll hope this little touches being of relevance to you
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On 2005-04-15 06:47, MCUESTA wrote:
Dear Pablo from Chile: Larrain is his real name. And don't forget Juan Esteban a Chile's born magician whose magic teaching was not related to mapuches, was related to Spain were he lived for years.


Juan Esteban (Varela) is a trully good magician too. I've talked with him just a couple of times, as he is often out of the country. I'm glad you know his work, that talks a lot of what he had acomplished so far.

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For those interested in Latin American magicians, I recommend you visit the web site of the Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades Mágicas (FLASOMA):

If you would like to see some of the best Spanish and Latin American magicians in action, then you might wish to attend FLASOMA / 2006 which next year will be held in Bogotá, Colombia (23-26 February 2006):

There will be magicians from Spain, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Panamá and Perú. How do the names René Lavand and Juan Tamariz sound? They will be there, among many others, some mentioned in the above posts.


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Everybody knows the spanish classic magicians, but let me tell you, a new generation of magicians has arisen and this giving much that to speak, devastating in all the magic contests, and creating a magic of great quality. Some of the main names are:

Woody Aragon, is the spanish champion in Card Magic. Friend and direct disciple of Juan Tamariz, does a commercial magic, amused and cheers, and is very probably the maximum expert in arrangements and mathematical principles in Spain (perhaps with Ramon Riobóo). In the last 3 years he has gained the 1st. prize in card magic, 3rd. in mental magic, 1st. international prize in Almusaffes, “Ascanio award 2005” to the magician of the year, and although in FISM 2006 he did not gain prize, his routine just with a packet of jokers was acclaimed by the general public. He works in the Spanish television and he has several books published in Spanish. In English, Steve Beam wrote in “Semi-Automatic card tricks 6 “ one chapter called “The magic of Woody Aragon”, with 6 or 7 Woody’s tricks.

Rubiales, is the spanish champion of close-up magic, and winner of the first prize in magic Valongo, in Portugal. He lives in Andalusia, and he likes sun, flamenco music and bulls (corridas de toros). He learned his tricks from the tradition of gamblers an gypsys, and usually he acts in a typical Spanish table, with a spanish deck (40 cards, and the four suites are: oros, copas, espadas y bastos). He is very, very funny!

Mago Kiko, from La Coruña, is the winner of the 3rd. prize in card magic, in FISM 2006, and he has several smaller prizes in Spain. He makes very poetic and sensible magic, fusing what learned of its masters, Mago Antón and Luis Garcia, with a magic with meaning, near to the style of Robert Neale. He has studied the symbolism of the elements, and he makes a special feeling when he performs.

Miguel Angel Gea, is another great artist. In Spain he won the 3rd. Prize in close-up magic and, some years past, the Grand Prix in 2004. First, he did mainly coin magic, but soon he was dedicated to a pile of very diverse disciplines, theatrical and magical. He wrote a book, with Juan Luque, about “History of the Spanish Magic in S. XX”. He has travel inside Spain knowing the old masters (from Miguel Aparicio to Gabriel Moreno) and learning of them. In English, you can find him in the “Greater Magic: The Magic of Spain #2” video.

To be continued…
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