Garcia, Munoz Featured in Article on New Magic

 

 

Johnny Garcia

The Brownsville (TX) Herald describes the ?New Wave? of magic as exemplified by Johnny Garcia and Oscar Munoz.  Both magicians are from the Texas Rio Grande Valley region.

 

Mr. Garcia is quoted as saying close-up card magic is the wave of the future, the newest thing:

 

Garcia said he is part of a movement of magicians throughout the United States who place a strong emphasis on card tricks.

 

Rather than performing on a stage, the magicians do their card tricks in front of a few individuals at a time, giving them the opportunity to inspect the cards and see the action ?close-up,? he said.

 

?It?s not your everyday magic,? Garcia said.

 

?It?s something that people have never seen in their entire lives. You won?t find this stuff in magic shops.?

 

Okay, so far so good ? one could argue that magic stores do carry magic magazines and books that may have the sleights used by the new wave, but that?s semantics.  Mr. Garcia later mentions he pursued magic by purchasing books and gimmicks from magic stores but threw out everything in favor of his version of street magic ? a deck of cards and his hands. 

 

?I don?t use gimmicks,? Garcia said of traditional magic devices like invisible strings or trick coins.


 

 

Johnny Garcia

The Brownsville (TX) Herald describes the ?New Wave? of magic as exemplified by Johnny Garcia and Oscar Munoz.  Both magicians are from the Texas Rio Grande Valley region.

 

Mr. Garcia is quoted as saying close-up card magic is the wave of the future, the newest thing:

 

Garcia said he is part of a movement of magicians throughout the United States who place a strong emphasis on card tricks.

 

Rather than performing on a stage, the magicians do their card tricks in front of a few individuals at a time, giving them the opportunity to inspect the cards and see the action ?close-up,? he said.

 

?It?s not your everyday magic,? Garcia said.

 

?It?s something that people have never seen in their entire lives. You won?t find this stuff in magic shops.?

 

Okay, so far so good ? one could argue that magic stores do carry magic magazines and books that may have the sleights used by the new wave, but that?s semantics.  Mr. Garcia later mentions he pursued magic by purchasing books and gimmicks from magic stores but threw out everything in favor of his version of street magic ? a deck of cards and his hands. 

 

?I don?t use gimmicks,? Garcia said of traditional magic devices like invisible strings or trick coins.

 

?Everything I do is skill that I?ve perfected.?

 

The paper contrasts this young man with Oscar Mu?oz, a practitioner of ?traditional magic.?  Mr. Munoz identifies Mr. Garcia?s ?contemporary magic? as ?Underground magic is just guys perfecting their craft. They didn?t want to be in front of a (large) audience ? I do more of the illusion and Copperfield stuff. I saw ladies in half.?

 

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