Armando Lucero heading Magical Renditions in the Spirit of Performance Art


PAPER CUTS


Paper Cuts

Digital Bundle❗
Box Edition
Single Volumes

What is it?
A Letter to Students
⬆ Back

Paper Cuts Primer





Digital Bundle + Workshop Deck

Get all 3 volumes as digital downloads at this special price. If you prefer physical copies with the extra bonus material then see the Box Set Edition.

Link goes to SansMinds for Purchase.
$195
DIGITAL BUNDLE + Workshop Deck $165


Box Set Edition

Get all 3 volumes and a bonus as DVDs and Digital Downloads plus two workshop decks with signed letter inside a special engraved wooden box. Please note that delivery is an additional cost and dependent upon location.





Single Volumes

Get any of the 3 volumes as a digital download or DVD separately.

Digital Downloads $65:
Digital 1 Digital 2 Digital 3





What is it?

The Paper Cuts video series is not the Workshop, which is an online or in-person 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. If you prefer a comprehensive personalized course regarding the coveted workshop material then go to Workshops.


A Letter to Students
& Paper Cuts

CROSSING

I would rather we earn our way to a thing in order to better appreciate the specialness of it. However, our world seems bent on sharing everything with everyone. But not everyone is ready. I now stand at the bridge I have long avoided to cross. Our culture has caught up with me, or maybe it is the other way around and so I must cross or face the alternative; insignificance. I cross for myself, I cross for my students, and ironically I cross to better protect the secrets.

SECRETS

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. While business minded and/or ego driven young entrepreneurs dispense secrets easily. 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. 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.

COST

I am not just talking about "my" secrets but the many great secrets of the past carried on through the ages. Books were the Youtube of yesterday and I wonder what it was like for a magician of the past to see the first book of magic secrets published. Do you suppose this was a happy occasion, or sad? Of course, if not for books many would not be magicians. Would that be better? Some still argue that even if the public knew our secrets it would not affect us, yet we can see evidence that it has. With sense-making tools like social media, Google, and Youtube we access information easier and quicker than ever before. Which has brought us wonderful benefits but at what cost?

MYTHOLOGY

One can always gauge the downfall of society by its lack of mythology. Influenced and driven by increased materialism and an emphasis on technology we grow quickly towards technical proficiency and a desire to proliferate our passions, but all this is done with an underlying imbalance to our humanity. Kind of like children given too much candy without temperance. There seems to be a lack of "rites of passage" but that is the stuff which makes our core stronger and the stuff we really need.

SHARING

Youtube is now littered with our secrets and as available as cheap tissues from a tissue box. Even prized secrets I have cherished are being shared or published. It has now reached a point where doing nothing is far worse. For this reason, I release works on those things that are already publicly shared. Since they have escaped protection there is little harm in sharing them again. While the workshop material remains preserved without compromise. In this way, I become more accessible to the public but hopefully influence in a positive way. To be a voice in the wilderness for those who are looking for more than just a trick.

HUMANITY

Since the advent of social media, where everyone is "special", fake "reality shows" are mainstream, people celebrate mediocrity on YouTube, and our search for genuine "leaders or heroes" may seem increasingly daunting, why not seek the virtue of being excellent and elicit a pride of integrity? Then maybe even inspire others with our humanity. Thoughts are powerful and we could think "magic trick" or we can think of delivering awe-inspiring moments of emotionally charged content with the potential to change people's lives.


Sincerely, Armando Lucero






Copyright © armandolucero.com • Privacy

(702) 330-5298 • CONTACT