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Perceptual engineering and the beguiling finesses within compositions of legerdemain.



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“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

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Workshops

  1. Metal Quirks
  2. Pasteboard Devices
  3. Coin Menagerie
  4. PD & CM
  5. Paper Cuts
  6. The Annex

In Las Vegas or
by internet.

Go to Las Vegas for a group workshop when one becomes available, or take a one2one iWorkshop by internet now. Each has different advantages. Though nothing can replace experiencing it in person, one2one iWorkshops by internet offer tailored scheduling with time in between to absorb the information, the convenience of home, and the personal guidance given by Armando; so just you and him.  [ Secrecy & Protection ]




Metal Quirks

Metal Quirks
$500

Metal Quirks is a study of perceptual engineering using just three coins; two silver dollars, and one odd coin. Metal Quirks is Armando's original interpretation of the classic coins across routine. Open by vanishing a coin from spectators hand, then perform phase one with three iterations. Interlude with a coin appearing in person's hand, then complete phase two with three variations. Finally, present a 1 to 2 and 2 to 1 coin transposition between your hand and the spectator's hand.

Explicitly designed for accessibility, Metal Quirks is an introduction into theory and composition. It may also serve as an excellent primer to prepare for Coin Menagerie. Pre-requisites: none.

Metal Quirks Review

Las Vegas workshops for Metal Quirks will soon be scheduled. Please check back later. Or reserve a one2one iWorkshop now.

iWorkshop for Metal Quirks is 5 separate Internet sessions of 60 minutes each delivered in intervals of two days per week until completion. Scheduling of dates, time, and connection-test, are arranged and confirmed after deposit. Hours to choose from are between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Las Vegas time.


Blue Queen

Pasteboard Devices
$1400 : reserve with 25%

Pasteboard Devices reveals special sleights along with some tangentially related artifices. Participants have the opportunity to witness Armando demonstrating them within original compositions of legerdemain; Divination Gone, Betwixt Me, Inscrutable Pocket, Empanada, and others. These routines can then be performed as a show or individually. At least three years experience in the use of advance card sleights is recommended.

Las Vegas workshops for Pasteboard Device span two days, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day with a lunch break in between. The workshop is held at http://www.evovegas.com/. Reserve early for cheaper flights and hotels. If you stay at the New Orleans hotel in Las Vegas, then a ride to the workshop will be provided.



iWorkshop for Pasteboard Devices is 6 separate Internet sessions of 60 minutes each delivered in intervals of two days per week until completion. Scheduling of dates, time, and connection-test, are arranged and confirmed after deposit. Hours to choose from are between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Las Vegas time.


king of hearts

Coin Menagerie
$3500 : reserve with 25%

Coin Menagerie is a comprehensive study of perceptual engineering with four coins and four cards. Coin Menagerie is considered to be Armando’s quintessential work in magic. While skill is certainly important, the main focus is on theory, composition, and the underlying philosophy. This piece may serve as a template to anchor all important concepts so that long after the workshop is over one can reflect upon them later. Prerequisite: basic knowledge in sleight of hand and more than three years of experience is recommended.

Las Vegas workshops for Coin Menagerie span five days, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day with a lunch break in between. The workshop is held at http://www.evovegas.com/. Reserve early for cheaper flights and hotels. If you stay at the New Orleans hotel in Las Vegas, then a ride to the workshop will be provided. Price is $3500 : reserve now with 25%.



iWorkshop for Coin Menagerie is 16 separate Internet sessions of 60 minutes each delivered in intervals of two days per week until completion. Scheduling of dates, time, and connection-test, are arranged and confirmed after deposit. Hours to choose from are between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Las Vegas time.


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Both
$4800 : reserve with 25%

Pasteboard Devices reveals special sleights along with some tangentially related artifices. Participants have the opportunity to witness Armando demonstrating them within original compositions of legerdemain; Divination Gone, Betwixt Me, Inscrutable Pocket, Empanada, and others. These routines can then be performed as a show or individually.

Coin Menagerie is a comprehensive study of perceptual engineering with four coins and four cards. Coin Menagerie is considered to be Armando’s quintessential work in magic. While skill is certainly important, the main focus is on theory, composition, and the underlying philosophy. This piece may serve as a template to anchor all important concepts so that long after the workshop is over one can reflect upon them later.

Prerequisite: basic knowledge in sleight of hand and more than three years of experience is recommended.

Las Vegas workshops for PD & CM span seven days, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day with a lunch break in between. Two days for PD and five days for CM. The workshop is held at http://www.evovegas.com/. Reserve early for cheaper flights and hotels. If you stay at the New Orleans hotel in Las Vegas, then a ride to the workshop will be provided.



iWorkshop for PD & CM is 22 separate Internet sessions of 60 minutes each delivered in intervals of two days per week until completion. Scheduling of dates, time, and connection-test, are arranged and confirmed after deposit. Hours to choose from are between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Las Vegas time.


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Paper Cuts
$1400 : reserve with 25%

Paper Cuts is a personalized study of essential card sleights such as double-lifts, false shuffles, shifts, steals, visual changes, switches, palming, etcetera. Begin with basics and progress to the more challenging sleights like double-deals, bottom deals, table-hop pass, or the one handed swivel-change. For the novice and the professional interested in basic to advance card sleights.

Paper Cuts Primer: bonus gift after registration.
Letter To Students: answers some questions.

Las Vegas workshops for Paper Cuts will soon be scheduled. Please check back later. Or reserve a one2one iWorkshop now.

iWorkshop for Paper Cuts is 6 separate Internet sessions of 60 minutes each delivered in intervals of two days per week until completion. Scheduling of dates, time, and connection-test, are arranged and confirmed after deposit. Hours to choose from are between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Las Vegas time.


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The Annex
$255/session : Six for $1400 : Or twelve for $2400

The Annex is provided to all alumni as an extension course to refine and enhance previous studies. A continued exploration of theory & composition regarding perceptual engineering and the beguiling finesses within compositions of legerdemain. Use it to advance your knowledge and skill, or to simply refresh it. Consider it as the graduate studies program of this humble university, but minus the bureaucratic paper chase.

The Annex in Las Vegas: $2800. PD & CM four day workshops on July 30, 31 & August 1, 2 of 2019. Just before Magic Live 2019 begins.

iWorkshop for The Annex is $255/session; six for $1400; or get twelve sessions for $2400. Take one, two, or more sessions and up to six or twelve separate Internet sessions of 60 minutes each delivered in intervals of two days per week until completion. Scheduling of dates, time, and connection-test, are arranged and confirmed after deposit. Hours to choose from are between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Las Vegas time.

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What People Say





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Personal Guidance

What is often missing in the sharing process is a rite of passage; a continuity of strong impacting experiences that gives us our foundation of who we are. These emotionally charged life-changing transitions are affirmations that solidify our humanity, our core.

When we acquire knowledge and wisdom, the change may be significant. There is a sense of dignity that comes to us when we put forth great effort to earn something. Anyone who has suffered to reach something extraordinary knows this. Learning can be profound. Personal guidance may help make the difference, hence the workshops. ♠

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Paper Cuts Primer

What is it?

The Paper Cuts Primer video series is not the Workshop, which is a comprehensive study of magic & science beyond the scope of this exordium. However, it is a peek at Armando's way of composing to serve as a primer before the Workshop; like a glance through a window into a cabin of a large ship upon the ocean. But a notable glance nonetheless.

It is an exhibition of ubiquitous classical material purposely tailored for a modern discerning audience. Being accessible as historical published works this is, therefore, an opportunity to learn within the safety of what is familiar. Register early for the workshop and get the primer with time to prepare beforehand. The primer is different material than the workshop but definitely helpful. See Trailer

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Never do a trick twice & Video

Video offers rewind and infinite viewing which can often destroy any false-memories, forced perspectives, psychological ploys, misdirection, change blindness, intersecting moments, and many other hidden subterfuges we as composers of legerdemain work so hard to protect. Video also does not filter the way our minds do so it does not represent what we experience live. Not to mention how often people pause and rewind before getting to the end, which defeats the entire purpose and potential. So instead of astonishment, we get hindsight bias.

It really does not take much for people to back-engineer an effect on YouTube. It might as well be a set of instructions. If a viewer only has one idea of possibility then all it would take to confirm their suspicions is to rewind and observe, after that the remaining secrets just fall apart as easily as a broken string of pearls. Search any trick on YouTube and read the comments below. The more popular it is then the more people will examine and put forth the effort to unravel the mystery. All secrets are vunerable but even more so when sense-making tools are used.

— Sincerely, Armando

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Secrecy

An additional concern and priority is preserving the secrecy of the taught information so that it remains special. To that end, and with the exception of Papercuts, everyone who attends the workshop must sign a non-disclosure license agreement that our lawyers have prepared. Plus, the price is set to attract only the serious. If you are looking for inspiration to stimulate your sideways type of thinking, want to acquire new powerful tools, can keep a secret and understand why then you may benefit from the workshop.

"Knowledge is power, and in our vocation of magical arts, the power of a secret is self-evident. That said, current media technology has made it exceedingly difficult if not impossible to keep secrets. While business minded or ego driven young entrepreneurs dispense them easily. The debate between free speech versus intellectual property is never-ending. Indeed, information wants to get out and probably will. What concerns me is in the way it gets out. It is not possible to preserve a secret and simultaneously release it to the masses; these are mutually exclusive goals. 'Public-Secret' is an oxymoron." -- Letter to Students

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Protection

Armando’s work is protected not only by the United States copyright law but also California’s version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in conjunction with the confidentiality/license agreement prepared by legal counsel (www.cowan-law.com). This gives Armando legal protection from those who venture to perform his material on television, the internet (e.g., YouTube), or any other media form without permission.



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REVIEW

Here are my thoughts after completing the workshop:

Art that truly transports people is a gift. For me, it happens most often in music, poetry and occasionally film. Rarely do I feel transported in watching "magic" - entertained, yes; puzzled as to a new technique, yes; appreciative of a person's hard work, yes. Absolutely. But not transported. Armando's magic is the exception. It is truly art, and, simply, is an experience that I will never forget. If I had spent 2 days with Picasso in "Paintbrush Devices" or Monet in "Monet Menageries", I would be getting close to the experience of Armando's lecture and workshop. Even when the paintbrush types are explained, the brushstrokes and techniques detailed and repeated, in slow motion from all angles, it still remains a mystery and inspiration as to how the beautiful rendition was achieved. Even when it is explained we are left with the sensation of the closest thing to magic we are ever likely to experience. It was and is perfect

Thank you for all your support in making Armando's visit possible.

— Richard Jones

All I can say is, if Armando ever heads your way, "Don't walk, Run."



Read the original article at Magic Unlimited