We are proud to announce our partnership with the most exquisite underground card master ever. For the first time in his career of over 35 years, Armando Lucero has decided to release the first level of his highly guarded workshop to the public. With a focus on psychology and magical theory, Armando shares his private thoughts and concepts as they apply to sleight of hand and magic with playing cards.
The concepts, however, can be applied to any kind of magic. Paper Cuts is the culmination of what Armando offers to Level 1 students and beyond of the art. Paper Cuts is a series of different routines that Armando has specifically constructed to teach lessons about the inner thinking behind magic and composing magical performance pieces.
Divided into 12 different routines, including a few variations and extra concepts, Armando shares not only performance pieces that are ready for a professional show but also thoughts and ideas on how to improve all of your magic.
What is Paper Cuts? Paper Cuts is a DVD series designed by Armando Lucero to teach the effects and philosophy of his Paper Cuts private workshop. A Workshop designed for students of any skill level, but mostly geared toward magicians who are more intermediate or advanced. The Paper Cuts series with SansMinds contains all of the information taught in the private workshop and a lot more that was created just for these DVDs.
What kind of material is taught on this project? Paper Cuts, as the name suggests is composed of entirely card magic. Each DVD features a series of routines designed for real world work and performance. As well, each effect has an accompanying explanation and discussion. In the discussions, the effects are explained from a technical, theatrical, and philosophical point of view. There is also great care taken with each routine to teach an important lesson about performance, and how to apply those techniques and lessons to other routines in your show.
Volume 1 Preview:
What are my purchasing options?
There will be 4 Purchase Options:
1. Digital Season Pass – No Longer available.
2. Individual DVDs – DVD 1 Shipping April 1st, DVD 2 Shipping May 1st, and DVD 3 Shipping June 1st
3. Digital Downloads – Volume 1 Accessible on April 1st, Volume 2 Accessible on May 1st, and Volume 3 Accessible on June 1st
4. Box Set – Shipping June 1st
5. Ultimate Edition – Shipping June 1st
What is the Workshop Deck?
The Workshop Deck is a custom designed deck of cards made specifically for Armando Lucero. Everything from the type of paper stock, to the feel, finish, and cut of each card has been hand crafted to Armando’s Specifications.
Why are the DVDs being released one per month?
To be consistent with Armando’s philosophy of teaching, the material is being given one piece at a time. The material on these DVDs is very complex, and rich in philosophy, technique, sleight of hand, choreography, and presentation. Every piece invites a discussion with your audience and stands to hold more power than more typical card effects and therefore deserve more time and energy.
How is Paper Cuts related to the Coin Menagerie and Pasteboard Devices Workshops that Armando Lucero offers Privately?
Paper Cuts is a completely different workshop and shares no effects or techniques in common with these other private workshops. The philosophy, theatrical technique, and advice is, however, consistent with all workshops that Armando teaches including Paper Cuts.
“Armando never does tricks, he washes away from people’s soul the dust of everyday life, with real magic, decades of passion and emotional pieces of art.” – Yif
“This work exceeds any expectations. Armando, is synonymous of work, perseverance and good taste. But all above all, passion! This work is a true gift for Magic.” – Dani Daortiz
“Armando Lucero is putting something out. That sentence is reason enough to get this. I met Armando years ago and with some coins, a deck of cards, and a close up mat at a breakfast table- he changed the way I look at magic. Every breath, every sound, every micro movement that he does is so tediously thought out and deliberate. His hands and mind were built for miracles.” – Dan White
“Armando Lucero, in addition to personally being my favorite magician, is beyond question the foremost sleight of hand performer and magical thinker in our profession. In 80 years, he is the only magician I have ever seen whose effects look like real magic.” -Johnny Thompson.
“A true master, my first teacher, and now you have the opportunity to let him guide you, too… don’t miss out on that opportunity.” -Paul Vigil