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  • Epileptic Trees: Some theorize that "Maga" (magician in Spanish) is the last name of Lucía, hence the nickname.
  • Genius Bonus: If you get all of the references, you get a lollipop.
  • Misaimed Fandom: After the book came out some young women in Argentina started imitating La Maga's way of thinking and living; never mind that the book is clear in how irresponsable she is and the horrible consequences.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: In the eyes of some readers, Horacio's response of disdain and indifference to baby Rocamadour's death is the point where it became clear just how much of a selfish asshole he really is.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • Tear Jerker: The letter written by the Magician to Rocamadour. Bonus points because in both suggested orders it appears directly after Rocamadour's death.
  • The Woobie: Horacio, for all his faults.

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The Film:

  • Identical Stranger: Meta: One of the guys who fixes up the oil-spill rig on the truck for Kendig looks astonishingly like actor Luke Wilson (who was about 8 when this film was made) circa Idiocracy.
  • Vindicated by History: Viewed as just another Walter Matthau comedy in 1980, its reputation as a taut comic adventure and a sharp satire on espionage and bureaucracy has increased over the years, to the extent that it's been reissued more than once by The Criterion Collection.
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