Verbal Magic

Verbal Magic

Juan Tamariz takes the age-old adage of conjuring, the strongest magic happens in the hands of the audience, and amplifies it to make the strongest possible effects take place -- all in the audience's hands!

With the routines outlined in Verbal Magic, you're set to lead spectators through a variety of entertaining processes using only a few playing cards, pieces of paper, or other common objects to an ultimate goal of utter amazement. Tamariz leverages clever principles, cunning psychology, and amazing strategies that allows magic to happen directly in the spectator's hands which forces them to fool themselves!

Imagine and Oil and Water routine where you instruct the spectator to take a few red and black cards from the deck and mix them randomly. Yet, when all is finished, the colors are always magically separate! Or have someone freely choose a card, lose it in their packet and mix the cards. Then, they magically discover their own selection without knowing how they did it!

With over forty tricks and presentations, all professionally audience tested, Verbal Magic is certain to open your eyes, ears, and mind to the possibilities of magical application beyond what many thought was doable.

Where to buy?

Last I checked, you should be able to pick up Verbal Magic at Vanishing Inc. The last price tag I saw for this book was set at $50.00.

Buy at Vanishing Inc.

Contents of Verbal Magic

  • Genesis
  • A few words from Gema
  • Defining our subject

Chapter I: Magic with a Few Cards or Pieces of Paper

Part I: Ten Tricks to Get Started
  • The Impossible in Your Hands
  • Joy and Pleasure
  • The Human Condition
  • Lucky at Cards
  • The Torn and Restored Couple
  • Good People
  • Wisdom
  • Happiness
  • Magic as Harmonic Chaos
  • Your Lucky Number
Part II: Three Exceptional Tricks
  • The Horoscope
  • Paradise Recovered
  • Blind Date

Chapter II: Tricks with a Deck of Cards

  • Your Better Half
  • In Search of the Desired Harem
  • Four Aces
  • The Best Year to be Born
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • The Case of the Nine Magic Hats of La Corona
  • The Power of Love
  • The Miraculous Hand Ritual

Chapter III: Tricks with Pencil and Paper

Part I: Words and Numbers
  • Live with the Devil
  • barbecue Party
  • Temptation
  • Your Evening With...
Part II: Mathemagical Tricks
  • The Fortune of the Week
  • The Cry of Truth
  • The Origins of Evil

Chapter IV: Magic with Small Objects

  • Heads Up
  • Through the Mirror

Chapter V: Tricks, Bets and Jokes

  • Heads of Tails
  • Money Attracts Money
  • How to Win Impossible Bets

Chapter VI: Four Ideas for Four Tricks

  • A Book Test
  • The Magic Seven
  • The Interfering Joker
  • Card to Pocket

Chapter VII: …And a Finale

  • The Piano Trick

Appendix: Ideas for Creating Other Tricks

  • Wish Granted
  • Forcing a Number from One to Nine
  • Forcing the Number Thirteen
  • Faro Shuffles Done by Participants or Listeners
  • Further Ideas with a Packet of Twelve Cards: "The Hotel Mystery"
  • A Sixteen-card Version of "The Hotel Mystery"
  • A False Shuffle Done Through Dealing
  • A Shuffle That Retains a Color Alternation
  • Letters Instead of Numbers
  • The Principle of Prime Numbers
  • Automatic Placement


This book is written by Juan Tamariz and Gema Navarro, featuring the work of Juan Tamariz. Mine is a hardcover copy published in 2008 by Hermetic Press, also printed in 2008 (1st english-language edition edition) with a total of 155 pages. It has been translated from Spanish to English by Rafael Benatar.

ISBN: 978-0-945296-60-7