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Marco TEMPEST, Techno Illusionist, performing his ‘augmented reality card trick’

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(APPLAUSE) Thank you very much. Thank you. Am I on? Perfect! Well, I'm a techno illusionist. I like to combine technology and magic and somewhat blur the lines between them. Blurring the lines between what's incredibly real and incredibly not. Now, sometimes it's really hard to explain what's going on in my mind when I create and perform new magic, so I rigged up this contraption here, which will give you a real time glimpse into a techno illusionist's mind when he's performing something as simple as a card trick. Now, what you're seeing here is actually happening in real-time so this is not pre-recorded video. It's going to be a short card trick. I'm going to select a random card from the deck, just like this, and to make sure that we recognize it again when we see it, I'm going to put a little mark on it. Okay? Let's put the card back into the deck, just like this, and let's give the cards just a quick shuffle, magicians say, "losing the card in the deck", and give the cards a cut. Now, I have to warn you, this trick is not finding, it's not about finding the signed card. It's more about what's going on in my mind right now. For those of you who don't play cards, a deck of cards is made up of four suits. Hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades. [Female Robotic Voice: Watching magic is an active pursuit of what is false and what is true.] Performing magic is always about layers of reality. Multiple dimensions combining. Connected to the four suits are the four seasons. Spring, summer, fall, and winter. [My favorite season is winter.] Oh, mine too. Like magic, winter involves visual wonder, drastic change, and a delicate balance between its physical states. In each of the four suits, there are 13 cards. [Each card is representing a phase in the 13 lunar cycles.] Over here is low tide, a little bit of real-time visualization. Over here is high tide, then in the middle we have the moon. APPLAUSE There are two colors. Red and black representing the constant change from day to night. [Marco, I did not know you could do that.] Oh, thank you! In total, there are 52 cards in a deck of cards, in line with the 52 weeks of the year. [If the values of all the cards are added, the result is 365.] The number of days we have between each of our birthdays. And yes, today is a very special day. It's the birthday of TEDxTokyo. <<cat hear>> Actually, it was on my sixth birthday that I received my first deck of cards. And ever since then I've been fascinated by magic, traveling the world, performing magic, entertaining boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives, and even sometimes Kings and Queens. [And sometimes the King's and Queen's servants.] Now these guys can be real hecklers. Hey, wake up. (Joker: Whoa!) Are you ready? (Ready!) Okay, let us see what you've got. (Presenting my pogo stick!) Okay. (Whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOA!) But today, I'm performing for a different kind of audience. Today, I'm performing for you. [Signed card detected.] (APPLAUSE) Thank you, well sometimes people ask me, "To do this kind of work, can you just work 9 to 5?" Of course not, it takes practice, you have to work 24-7. I don't literally mean 24 hours, 7 days a week. 24-7 would be a little bit of an exaggeration, right? Although some people will tell you that magic is the work of some evil, supernatural force. Well, to this I say, "no, no". Actually, in Swiss-German it's "nuun, nuun". It's really nothing that intense. I have to warn you, though, if you ever play a guy who's so good with the cards, don't play him for money because even if you receive a decent hand, he'll be prepared. And that, of course, leaves us with the last and most important card of all. The one signifying our event. (From screen: This is without question, the real thing.) [Signed card detected.] Thank you very much! Thank you. APPLAUSE

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Duration: 6 minutes and 44 seconds
Country: Japan
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
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Producer: Virgin Earth & Ansur Pictures
Director: Andrew Malana
Views: 692
Posted by: tedxtokyo on Apr 24, 2010

A talk given in Session 2 "What Does It Mean To Be A Learner Today?" of TEDxTokyo 2009, held on May 22 at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

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