Trying to stay positive during these pandemic times requires quite a bit of effort. Misinformation, bias and negativity in the news are abundant, so I have consciously decided to turn off the television. Although, I do watch an hour or so here or there to catch up with local events. And Netflix or Amazon Prime have been totally neglected for months now.
I do feel very saddened by the loss of work of many of those in the entertainment world. Times are uncertain for humanity. If the economy does not open up soon, we are in for very, very hard times.
So, what do I do when God throws lemons at me? I make lemonade!
From the beginning, I have not participated in the pandemic. I have decided to make this the most productive time of my life. Business has been slow, but I am grateful that it has been enough for the day to day expenses and overhead. As long as I can keep “plugging along” I will.
So, I took a “virtual class”. This was a three session class offered by the McBride Magic and Mystery School here in Las Vegas. Jeff McBride is one of the top magicians in the world, and for twenty-five years, he and his team have been teaching magic to hundreds of students around the world. With the pandemic times many of their courses have become virtual and more accessible.
The Class I took was taught by Dr. Larry Hass, who is the current Dean of the School, an accomplished magician and a brilliant philosophy professor.
It was about a deep study into the teachings of magic master, Juan Tamariz. Can you believe it? A class about Juan, without Juan! Lol!
The required reading for this course was three of the most important books that Juan Tamariz has written in the last thirty years.
The class was exceptional. Larry guided us through all three books and their highlights. He even showed us the application of some of the theories within a few magical effects he taught us. Many of the attendees were quite versed with Tamariz’ work and were more advanced students, which was wonderful to see. The experience did not disappoint. This class, was my excuse to take a break, AND sit down and read Juan’s magnum opus: The Magic Rainbow.
Since most people are familiar with the first two books of the trilogy, this blog post is about my observations on The Magic Rainbow book.
Juan is a magic genius that lives, breathes and experiences magic twenty-four hours per day seven days per week. He has dedicated his entire life to this art.
In The Magic Rainbow, Juan considers magic as probably the most profound art form there is.
In his book, “The Magic Rainbow“, Juan writes:
“Magic utilizes an artistic approach with a highly complex technique of fingers, body, eyes, words, etc., which is kept concealed while beguiling the senses and the mind through the psychology of perception, attention and memory. It is based on dramatic structure – exposition, rising action, climax, resolution – but without resolution in the usual sense, but rather a resolution/solution such as: The magician has supernatural powers or conjure up those powers.”
After a first chapter of describing magic as art, he writes over six hundred pages on how magic is produced, and the theory of why it works, along with psychological methods that help the magician create a deep and lasting sense of wonder.
The book is profound…
Some of the highlights inside this book for me include:
You see, what makes a magic trick a “classic” is that it evokes the deepest most profound universal symbols in humanity.
The appendices at the end of the book provide a listing of over one hundred magic effects and their corresponding archetypes and symbolisms.
As a practical example… Let’s take the Egg Bag, for instance. For the trick to truly work, it has to be done with an EGG and a bag. An egg on a subtle level, denotes life and creation. It has a very deep symbolism. A dark bag denotes death. An egg vanishing inside a bag has very deep symbolism on a subconscious level; the performer does a presentation of extinguishing life and restoring it again. People are not even aware of it, but the meaning is there. That trick performed with a ball and a colorful bag is completely different, as the objects no longer tap into people’s psyche subconsciously.
Once you can consciously create something that subconsciously taps into archetypes, mythology and universal symbols, you improve your chances of success with whatever you are creating, because this taps your audience to the core of their beings in a deeper level. All of humanity is the same in a deep, subconscious, down to the core way. Understanding this and applying it, raises what you make a step further into the realm of great art and true wonder, allowing you to achieve a full Magic Rainbow experience.
I you are interested in obtaining “The Magic Rainbow” book, Nielsen Magic has it in stock. Buy “The Magic Rainbow” at NNMagic.com.
We still have a few AUTOGRAPHED Juan Tamariz posters left.
We also have a few AUTOGRAPHED Mirror Cards of Juan!
So far, online, the very best review of this book has been written by Jamy Ian Swiss. Check it out by clicking here.
(August 2, 2020)