A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini.
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. Tempest's award-winning television series “The Virtual Magician” airs in dozens of countries worldwide, while his lively phonecam postings on YouTube, done without post-production and video-editing tricks to astonished people on the street, get millions of views (search on "virtualmagician"). His Vimeo channel showcases his artistic side--like his recent hypnotic series "levitation," using a high-speed camera.
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."
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“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.”
“The Chinese general Sun Tzu said that all war was based on deception. Oscar Wilde said the same thing of romance.”
“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.”
“The tricks of magic follow the archetypes of narrative fiction — there are tales of creation and loss, death and resurrection, and obstacles that must be overcome.”
“We willingly enter fictional worlds where we cheer our heroes and cry for friends we never had.”
“One of the key qualities of all stories is that they are made to be shared.”
“The tools of social networking: These are the digital campfires around which the audience gathers to hear our story.”
“Tesla created his inventions in his mind … and when they'd work in the vivid playground of his imagination, he would build them in his workshop.”
“Everything I did, I did for mankind.”— quoting Nikola Tesla
“Magic [makes] possible today what science will make a reality tomorrow.”