SansMinds Opens International Studios

In 2017, SansMinds and the SanMinds magic team traveled the world working on some amazing international projects.  From high level production in China, to Will Tsai’s performance on AGT, we were really, really busy.  In fact, if you haven’t seen our 2017 Reel where we talk about all of this, you should check it out right here. 

During our time in different parts of the world, we realized that there’s a lot of magic out there… a lot more than we ever thought possible.  And much of the best magic in the world is coming from places both expected and unexpected. So this year we are doing something different.  

WE ARE EXPANDING! SansMinds has decided to expand our international boarders and create 3 new satellite studios! And so, we are proud to announce the three new branches of SansMinds:

SansMinds Barcelona
SansMinds Istanbul 
SansMinds Las Vegas

Each with a unique style and perspective, our new international branches will focus on the creative geniuses from these different parts of the world, and feature the creativity and production skills of locals from each branch.  Stay tuned for more news about these satellite studios, and tell us which is your favorite and why!

Armando Lucero is working with SansMinds!

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 the DVDs?

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.


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.

Our 2017 Reel is Now Live!

Magic has changed. 

Every year we watch as the landscape for all magicians changes with every YouTube phenomenon, AGT appearance, or Instagram video.  We see an art that every day increases the size of the gap between what’s possible on the screen of a TV or phone, and what you can see live.

In 2017, we did some soul searching. And in that time a vision formed in our minds. A vision of a world where what’s possible on TV is possible right before your eyes. 

To make this vision true, we had to go on a journey.  We traveled the world, worked with hundreds of creators, and sought the advice of some of the greatest masters in out art.  And now that our journey of discovery has come to an end, a new one can begin. A journey where we bring our vision to life.

We are back, and stronger than ever. Ready or not, big things are coming. 

But in the meantime, we want to be able to share what we can with everyone, and so… long overdue, here is our 2017 Reel!  Let us know what you think in the comments below!