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Finding hidden talents in Market Square

February 17, 2011

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1. Hector Jimenez shines shoes at Market Square in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Jimenez has been shining shoes in the same location for the past 20 years.

2. A native of Oaxaca, Mexico, Mr. Jimenez emigrated to the U.S. when he was a child. He works daily at Market Square from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

3. Bill Olivas is a self-taught artist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The father of seven boys, Olivas has been coming to create, display and sell his artwork at Market Square for the past four years. He has been commissioned to paint many murals, including one for the grand opening of the Casa Grande Vagabond Hotel in Los Banos, California.

4. “The Great Alberto” is a magician born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He started learning magic tricks at the age of seven, made his first stage appearance at age 11 and was touring the country by the age of 17.

5. Prior to his appearances at Market Square, “The Great Alberto” spent 20 years taking his magic tricks on the road with his wife and children. He used to cut his wife in half for one of his tricks, while his children held the backdrop!

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