Tweezers, a dual phased two-card-monte routine from Juan Tamariz, is undoubtedly one of the best monte routines you can perform. The routine is designed for absolute fairness — the magician removes two black tens to act as “tweezers,” while a spectator freely selects an Ace and court-card of contrasting color. What happens next is a slow-paced swindle that belongs in every performer’s repertoire.
The relaxed manner and presentational style of Tamariz is what makes this piece so special. Tweezers offers a rare opportunity to sit down with arguably the greatest living magician and improve your magic ten-fold.
Customer reviews for Tweezers
Tweezers is a fantastic routine that will go directly in my magical repertoire. The Maestro Juan Tamariz is an unbelivable fantastic creative genius. I love all his cardwork and all his other incredible ideas.With a lot of magical greetings. Magician entertainer Mister "M" from Belgium.
A beautiful routine, pure Tamariz. Everything is explained (both in the teaching and in the scripting). He tells you what to do and why it's important to do it that way.
A certain amount of close-up, I think, is--to use Burger's phrase--"making mud." Think "kicker" endings: "I changed the Aces to Kings, and now the whole deck changes from red to blue...for no reason, and since the "spectators" had no reason to make note of the color, they can't recall it later.
Elmsley had a point: people really do NOT like to be fooled. If you script a trick properly, by the time the climax approaches the audience is thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if he could...but no--that would be impossible!" And then of course, you DO it.
If you aren't careful when doing a transposition, you're going to be left explaining to everybody what you just did. "Don't you remember? This was an Ace before and now it's a King!" Not a very magical experience.
This effect makes linear sense--you don't even want to TOUCH the cards, therefore making trickery impossible. When the trickery is shown, there's no real way to explain it.
This is a nice way to present a "Monte" routine without appearing to challenge the participant. And we all know what Andi Gladwin said about this kind of thing in The Boy Who Cried Magic...
So: the plot is easy to follow, the method is not challenging, and the result is surprising. Not bad for a card effect.
I love listening to Juan Tamariz when he talks. You kind of get a sense of the timeless art of story telling and when he is finished you understand that you love him and he always loved you.
As usual, Juan has taken the monte routine to a new level without touching the cards. It is worth your time to study this one.
Beautiful use of the Mexican turnover. I always love to hear his reasoning behind each segment of the routine
A very simplistic move that creates a strong ending. In my mind definitely worth it.
As always, Tamariz is thought us more than just the mechanics of the trick, he shares his way of thinking and view the structure of Magic.
There is a reason that Juan Tamariz has been known as the "king of cards." His magic has always been a pleasure to watch and learn from. This routine just feels so fair and natural, when done right. It can easily fool any lay person that you come across.
A really easy version of the three card monte, using four cards. This will take far less practice than a true three card version.
Wether you add it to a monte routine or perform it alone this is an amazing routine with a very deceptive sleight. Tamariz is the greatest magician alive and tweezers is just a small example of his brilliance. The sleight is very clever but easy to do and will fool anyone that sees it. I like to start with a Vernon-esque monte to explain how hustlers use it in the street and then this to show how a magician would handle it. Gets great reactions with no gaffs and can be done impromptu any time. Love it.
I have always been a little nervous about monte routines because I don't like the idea of bending the cards and wearing them out. Despite that, I really like this routine. What I like the most is Juan's ideas about how to get the most impact out of each moment in a transposition, and how to motivate both the method AND the effect of the second phase. These lessons are, to me, more important than the trick itself, because they are transferable to all of your magic. That said, the trick is quite entertaining!
Note: to those who do not know, English is not Juan's first language, but he makes his points very clear.
Great trick and very interesting explanation from the maestro Tamariz
Great presentation and thorough explanations, He offers three different endings which are all strong. It will be easy to expand the technique especially minutes you combine with other decks sold here. Pleasure to watch and learn
How can you review Juan Tamariz? There's nothing to say but genius and ingenious. He's the best card magician alive and maybe the best who's ever lived. He makes his magic more than just a card trick, he makes each trick a show unto itself. And he's so full of life and joy it's intoxicating. This particular trick is absolutely brilliant. It's so easy, (a little practice needed) so simple, but so deceiving. Another masterpiece by the master. So fun!
This is a phenomenal effect! Tamariz's instruction is incredibly clear, especially with his theoretical reasonings! This is certainly worth your money, it'll pay for itself ten times over with the strength of the trick and theory behind it!
I always expect excellence from anything released by Mr. Tamariz, and I was not disappointed. His explanation is very thorough, and he goes into detail on the psychology of the effect, which can (and should) be applied to all of your magic. Also, even with my arthritic fingers I was able to accomplish the move with a bit of practice.
Very strong effect! I will definitely put this in my repertoire.
I love the way Juan explains his magic effects to us, he covers more than just the sleights he shares his way of thinking about the emotions, verbal misdirection. I really like the way he envolves the audience as well. This magician Juan Tamariz has greatly influenced how I have been thinking about about my own performance of magic. Thank you Juan
If you love Tamariz and want a snack of an effect, or something to add to a monte routine, get this one. In fact, this is a great “explanation” of how you can do sleights without touching the cards. Could be an aside in manyy routines.
At this point, Juan Tamariz's name is enough to make me buy just about anything. This download is a perfect encapsulation of what makes him one of magic's greatest thinkers, creators, and performers.
The effect showcases Juan's signature blend of whimsy and extremely strong magic, with offbeat but relatively simple sleights. Although English is not Juan's first language, he explains the method and the structure of the routine clearly. He also provides some tips on the theory and structure behind the routine, although these are a little less clear (in part because the download only contains the explanation, so to view the performance again you have to go back to the product page) and I'll probably need to spend more time with them to let them fully sink in.
If you already know and like Juan's work, you won't be disappointed with this. If you're new to his work, this makes a great introduction to his style, while being an excellent trick on its own merits. Definitely recommend.
Investing your time in the work of Juan Tamariz is never a mistake. Never. This is a cute effect, but it is worth the price of admission just for theory that goes along with it and hearing Juan talk about magic.
Great card magic, although prior i had worked out the first phase on how too, the second phase and the method was very unexpected on how too, plus he shows a couple of different suggestions and outs at the end, which is a nice bonus thats worth knowing.
Every detail in this trick is perfect. I love the subtleties that he teaches in the tutorial. Although you are paying for the method, you also get a mini-lesson in magic theory. What he teaches you here are some pointers on how to bring your routines to the next level. This is also a great monte in general with an interesting basis.
Don't sleep on this. If you learn this, you will have one of the cleanest Monte type effects you can do. Mr. Tamerize is a living legend. I love this routine. If you take the time to learn this you will have a great and new way of doing the 3 card Monte. It is really different. I love watching this the way it is built up. I really learned a lot. I will be ordering letters from Juan soon maybe for the holidays. Monte effects are always fun. They are scattered all over the magic history. I can't wait to preform this one. I have been practicing this one alot. I am sure you will love this one.
Tweezers by Juan Tamariz is a joyful 3 card monte routine with just two cards -- that you never touch. Routine avoids the spectator being fooled by selecting the incorrect card. Video instructions are clear and includes some of the theory behind the two cards switching places.
You can tell a true master from how each detail is important. More than the trick itself, which is well explained, are the principals of performing which Juan gives in this video. Principals that I am sure if you begin to apply to your routines will drastically change the way you perform.
This is a nice balance of presentation and sleights. I really like using this in my set. I am a big fan of his work and I was not disappointed at all. I have always found montes to be boring. But I love every part of this.
it's good sometimes he is a little hard to understand
nice technique easier than I thought
One star off because English is not Juan Tamariz's native language. It would have taken little effort to subtitle the video. Juan demonstrates the trick also teaches it. With that out of the way, this is an effective, beginner-friendly, trick that can be quickly learned. One has to listen closely to understand the performance wisdom that he teaches. He talks about directing attention and doing the trick in a way that does not confuse the spectators. His experience shows and this effect is a good trick and wisdom for under $10.00.
love the explanation, but if you could add subtitles to his video, it would help immensly
Sorry with all my respect, but I don't understand that man, his poorly spoken English explanation gives me a headache :(
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