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José Tomás

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Bullfighting may be suffering an unstoppable crisis, with attendance down and a ban coming into effect in Catalonia, but Tomás is its great hope. With a hair-raising disregard for his own safety, the torero from Galapagar apparently sees getting nearly gored to death as just another day at the office; one particularly angry bull nearly killed him in Mexico in 2010. The enigmatic Tomás stays out of the media spotlight, avoiding the b-list celebrity merry-go-round that so many of his fellow bullfighters revel in.

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