A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini.

Why you should listen

Marco Tempest’s imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, quick-cut video and enthusiastic stage presence has earned him a place in the pantheon of great illusionists. At 22, the Swiss magician won the New York World Cup of Magic, launching him into international prominence. His lively phonecam postings on YouTube , done without post-production and video-editing tricks to astonished people on the street, get millions of views. At the MIT Media Lab, Tempest is researching the link between magic and technology as a Director's Fellow.  

Through his art, Tempest creates a highly entertaining way to be entranced by the reality-bending tech magic that surrounds us all every day. Watch more Marco magic courtesy of Scobleizer ... or see Marco profiled on CNN.com's Next List.

He says: "I blend the line between what is incredibly real and what is incredibly not."

Watch a video on the making of his augmented-reality illusion >>

Watch a video on the making of his Nikola Tesla pop-up book >>

What others say

“I don’t know what magic will be like in 50 years, but I suspect that it will look a lot like Marco Tempest.” — HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco

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Live from TED2014

Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

March 20, 2014

Techno-illusionist and veteran speaker Marco Tempest returns to the TED stage with a new friend: EDI (pronounced “Eddie”) the robot. EDI, which stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is Tempest’s latest techno-aide, a friendly Baxter robot who ponders the difference between artificial and human intelligence. “Robot,” the newly awakened EDI interrupts, was coined in 1921 in […]

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Live from TED2014

Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED2014

March 20, 2014

What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies — and minds — be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In Session 8 of TED2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow. Here are the speakers who appeared in this session. Click below to read a full recap of each […]

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Entertainment

Marco Tempest to work with Baxter the Robot

July 22, 2013

Illusionist Marco Tempest (watch his cyber card trick and his electric take on Nikola Tesla) has a new assistant — Baxter the Robot. The star of this talk from roboticist Rodney Brooks, Baxter is a life-sized robot that has eyes that glance where he is about to move and arms that react to human touch, […]

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Quotes from Marco Tempest

Art is a deception that creates real emotions — a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic.
Marco Tempest
TEDGlobal 2011 • 4.9M views Aug 2011
Fascinating, Beautiful
The Chinese general Sun Tzu said that all war was based on deception. Oscar Wilde said the same thing of romance.
Marco Tempest
TEDGlobal 2011 • 4.9M views Aug 2011
Fascinating, Beautiful
About three years ago, I started an exercise in openness and inclusiveness to create new digital tools for magic — tools that could eventually be shared with other artists to start them off further on in the process and to get them into the poetry faster.
Marco Tempest
TEDGlobal 2011 • 881K views Nov 2011
Funny, Ingenious