Armando Lucero heading Magical Renditions in the Spirit of Performance Art


WORKSHOPS


Welcome

 

Art & Science

In my search for truth by means of my intuition and reason, I developed a box of metaphorical tools from which I use to compose. These ideas both guide and inspire me to push forward, not only to discover but create. These tools were earned through the midst of experimentations, experience, and a large database of choices. Like music, I have freedom to go one way or another but once I choose a path there is a definite sense of scientific reason to make it the best journey.

— Armando Lucero

Synopsis

Pasteboard Devices

Blue Queen

Description:

The lesson and notes reveal and instruct two 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

king of hearts

Description:

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.

Paper Cuts

eye of spades

Description:

A study of essential card sleights such as double-lifts, false shuffles, shifts, steals, visual changes, switches, palming, and more. Begin with basics and progress to the more challenging sleights like double-deals, bottom deals, table-hop pass, or the one handed swivel-change.

Metal Quirks

4 of spades

Coming soon!

Close-Up on the Big Stage

5 of clubs

Description:

How to present intimate magic for larger audiences with media integration.

Topics:

Where to set the camera, screen, table, and chairs : angle, lighting, & color considerations : scene frame : "YouTube" vs "TV" vs theater : multiple cameras or single camera : LCD vs projection screen : preserving the power of intimacy : camera in motion or stationary? : Etc.

Special Note:

More than ever before, technology has made it possible for live close-up shows to be seen by larger audiences, but there are few sources to learn from. Not just the technology but the concepts to make it all work. For example, how does one perform an effect, usually done for about five people, inside a theater for an audience of a thousand or more?

Annex Workshops

eye of spades

Refine & Enhance

For all alumni, refresher courses are available for each and every workshop. These are a continuation in theory & composition regarding studies in the art & science of perceptual engineering, including the beguiling finesses within compositions of legerdemain.

Two ways to attend

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In person or by Internet

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

Schedule

[1]

Annex to Pasteboard Devices & Coin Menagerie

eye of spades

4-days; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1hr. break
Aug. 8-11, 2017; $2,800; In Las Vegas

For Alumni

[2]

Pasteboard Devices

Blue Queen

Aug. 18-19, 2017; $1,400;
In Las Vegas

[3]

Coin Menagerie

king of hearts

Aug. 20-24, 2017; $3,500;
In Las Vegas

[4]

Both; Pasteboard Devices & Coin Menagerie

Blue Queen king of hearts

Aug. 18-24, 2017; $4,900;
In Las Vegas

iWorkshops

Pasteboard Devices one2one

Blue Queen

Special sleights within original compositions.
Six custom sessions: $1400.

Coin Menagerie one2one

king of hearts

A comprehensive study of perceptual engineering with four coins and four cards. Sixteen custom sessions: $3500.

Paper Cuts one2one

eye of spades

Essential card sleights.
Six custom sessions $1400.

Metal Quirks one2one

4 of spades

Essential coin sleights.
Coming soon!

Close-up on the Big Stage one2one

5 of clubs

Study media integration for larger audiences. Two sessions: $438.

Annex one2one

eye of spades

Refine & Enhance; A continuation of any previous workshop. Schedule one, two, or more sessions.

$255.00 each or six for $1400.00

Attitude

Quality

An exercise in the pursuit of excellence regarding the tools, the compositions, the performances, the sharing process, and so the journey.

Creativity

Feed your hungry imagination. We use tools to discover and create, and while giving us freedom they may also limit us; structure follows function. Eventually, if we are not careful, the tools can define us. However, we can break through these limitations by pursuing new tools to obtain more freedom.

Guarantee

A request for a refund may be made within 30 days after completing the workshop. Read: Workshop Policy

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.

Secrecy

An additional concern and priority is preserving the secrecy of the taught information so that it remains special. To that end, 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 side ways type of thinking, want to acquire new powerful tools, can keep a secret and understand why, then you may benefit from the workshop.

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.

Publishing?

Knowledge is power and in our vocation of magical arts the power of a secret is self evident. That being said, current media technology has made it exceedingly difficult if not impossible to keep secrets. Business minded and/or ego driven young entrepreneurs easily dispense secrets. The debate between free speech versus intellectual property is never-ending. Certainly information wants to get out and probably will. What concerns me is in the way it gets out. How does one preserve a secret and simultaneously release it to the masses? "Public-Secret" is an oxymoron.

"Publishing" is the intent to distribute information to anyone and everyone, therefore I choose not to publish. Nevertheless, I cannot nor do I want to stop the flow of information. What I can do, while I still have the opportunity, is choose the manner of dissemination.

Sharing

I have seen what happens to those who do not share anything. I have seen what happens to those who share everything with anyone. I do not like the results in either case. So, In accordance with my search to find a better way to share the knowledge, to preserve the integrity of the work and give others some semblance of a rite of passage, I have done the following things...

  • Quality over quantity.
  • Higher cost for greater commitment.
  • Person to person meetings.
  • Notes provided to attendees only.
  • Confidentiality agreement.

Promise

I make no promises about one’s potential to master the lessons. On the contrary, I urge anyone with doubts not to participate. I do, however, believe strongly in the value of the work. The potential of these techniques to assist in one’s goal to create well-crafted compositions of legerdemain have already been tried, tested, and proven. What I do promise is to share the knowledge as best as I am able. After that, success depends on each individual.

Commentary

Alan Buckley (card workshop)

Yes, I have two fantastic new sleights to work on and explore, but I have a deeper insight into how to create a magical experience for people and that is far more valuable…
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Alex Stone (card and coin workshop)

Armando Lucero is a master in the highest sense of the word. His devotion to the art of magic is without parallel. Not only is he a gifted inventor – a brilliant, creative mind – and a technical wizard when it comes to executing difficult sleights…
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Anson Chen (card and coin workshop)

In the workshop, students do not only learn about magic, we learn about philosophy theatre, art and life…
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Ben Seidman (card and coin workshop)

As someone who makes his living solely as a magician, the workshop was and is the best investment I’ve made as a sleight - of - hand performer, period…
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Bj Bueno (coin workshop)

Armando Lucero is a lucid teacher who helps you define what magic is…
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Chuck Rubey (coin workshop)

Armando also teaches “presence”, the art of turning a card trick into a mystical experience…
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David Jones (card workshop)

I first saw Armando Lucero at FISM in Den Haag in 2003. He totally “blew me away”, as the saying goes. Not only because he fooled me badly with many of his routines, but also because he presented his magic in a totally refreshing manner…
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David Tholander

Coin Menagerie

Armando is a great teacher. Very pedagogically, he manages to convey extremely complex principles that make up the foundation of his magic. His views and passions for magic are contagious…
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Pasteboard Devices

The philosophy of the magic was on a whole other level. It was so good that I find it hard to describe in words – it has to be experienced…
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Frank Klein (card workshop)

At Magic Live #2 in Las Vegas, I saw Armando Lucero perform an effect called Empanada. I cannot recall a magic effect that had more impact on me than this effect…
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Ian Rowland (witness)

Quite possibly the most impressive, most magical, most impossible, most entertaining piece of card magic theatre I’ve ever seen, and in Armando’s hands a work of enduring beauty and mystery. If Mozart had created card tricks, this is what they’d look like…
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Jason Flores (card workshop)

I now use Empanada as a closer for my close up show. It’s that strong!!!…
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Jerome Finley (card and coin workshop)

The” Coin Menagerie” by Armando Lucero is literally breathtaking. Quite simply, it was the most profound and perfect piece of magic I had ever witnessed…
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Jerry Serlin (card and coin workshop)

One thing for sure, neither I nor any of the other attendees were bored for even a minute…
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John Dahlinger (card workshop)

This workshop provides tools, routines and philosophies for serious performers…
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Mac King / Los Angeles Times (witness)

It was the sort of thing where you go, ’Holy f***, I have no idea…
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Michael Vincent (card workshop)

From a personal point of view, my goal was to learn his routine, “The Empanada” at any cost. This routine for me fulfilled all the criteria I look for when selecting powerful material for my professional programs…
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Ralph Cos (card workshop)

Today, almost three years later, I can confirm that the material is practical and convincing. The sleights can be mastered with thorough practice…
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Tim Conover (witness)

Having witnessed the miracle on two separate performances, I found myself unable to determine a way to duplicate the feat…
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