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SIX CLASSIC PASSES
John Stanton
January 17, 1955
WITH CAPE
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January 17, 1955

Six Classic Passes

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WITH CAPE

VERONICA
This is basic pass with which control is established over the bull. Some say the name derives from St. Veronica, often pictured similarly holding the cloth with which she wiped Jesus' face.

FAROL
The farol is a fancier veronica. It starts as a veronica, then the bullfighter swirls the cape around his head and behind his back, with the bull following it closely around.

REBOLERA
The rebolera is a pass used to end a series of veronicas in spectacular grace. Letting one end of the cape balloon completely free, the bullfighter spins and brings the bull to a halt.

WITH MULETA

POR ALTO
Working sword in hand at the opening of the final phase of the fight, the bullfighter sends the bull chasing the muleta toward the sky in a pase por alto, thus further weakening his neck.

NATURAL
The pase natural, done with the left hand very close to the bull, is the fundamental pass of the bullfight, very dangerous and very beautiful.

POR PECHO
The pase por pecho, which is shown here in its final phase, is the classic ending to a series of naturales, with the bullfighter sending the bull across his chest and straight on out.

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