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Spectacular Performance

This collection of extraordinary dancers, actors, musicians, magicians and storytellers will bring both sides of your brain to life.

Pianist Jennifer Lin, just 14 at the time of her performance, confects spirited (and altogether unrehearsed) compositions from spur-of-the-moment audience suggestions. Jazz-inspired guitarist and singer Raul Midon riles up 2007 TEDsters with songs about Google, technology, dreams and a child's fear of "invisible forces." And Vusi Mahlasela, a crucial artistic voice during the fight against apartheid, shares his soulful, optimistic songs of protest and solidarity. (Be sure to watch his encore performance.)

Pilobolus' smooth, organic choreography -- featuring unusual partnering and lifts -- blurs the lines between individual performers, creating a sense of dance-troupe-as-organism. And in a feat of agility and optical illusion, urban-inspired dancer Kenichi Ebina teases and twirls a mischievous wisp of light.

Also check out "mathemagician" Arthur Benjamin's massive on-the-fly multiplications -- calculations so fast you might think it's magic. Or wordsmith Rives' observations on the eerie coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours: 4 a.m. And don't miss veteran TEDster Tom Rielly's comic send-up of the 2006 conference: not even our sponsors are safe!

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Play_iconRaul Midon: "Tembererana"

Raul Midon: "Tembererana"

10:40 Posted: Jan 2008

Views: 320,518 | Comments: 38

Play_iconArthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

15:14 Posted: Dec 2007

Views: 6,984,757 | Comments: 542

Play_iconKenichi Ebina: My magic moves

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

03:32 Posted: Oct 2007

Views: 1,485,153 | Comments: 100

Play_iconVusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

04:59 Posted: Aug 2007

Views: 325,589 | Comments: 36

Play_iconVusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

10:06 Posted: Aug 2007

Views: 390,856 | Comments: 55

Play_iconRives: The  4 a.m. mystery

Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery

09:12 Posted: Jul 2007

Views: 2,700,011 | Comments: 242

Play_iconHans Rosling: New insights on poverty

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty

18:57 Posted: Jun 2007

Views: 2,733,727 | Comments: 242

Play_iconEthel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

Ethel: A string quartet plays "Blue Room"

03:34 Posted: Jun 2007

Views: 289,753 | Comments: 26

Play_iconStew: "Black Men Ski"

Stew: "Black Men Ski"

04:37 Posted: May 2007

Views: 438,569 | Comments: 71

Play_iconNatalie MacMaster: Cape Breton fiddling in reel time

Natalie MacMaster: Cape Breton fiddling in reel time

05:11 Posted: May 2007

Views: 584,549 | Comments: 66

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