Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest
Marco Tempest
  • Born: December 3, 1964
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Profession: Magician, Illusionist, Director, Producer









Marco Tempest is a Swiss magician based in New York City. He is known for his multimedia magic and use of interactive technology and computer graphics in his illusions and presentations. He stars in the eight-part television series The Virtual Magician which has been broadcast in over 50 countries.

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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. Truth ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Combining magic with technology is a good way to influence the trajectory of where technology is going and show people what technology could be in our lives and what it shouldn't be. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I combine magic and science to create illusions. I work with new media and interactive technologies, things like artificial intelligence or computer vision, and integrate them in my magic. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I did magic all my life from the time I was 12, and I like to tap into the magic from history. Life ;Time ;History
I don't try to show off technology in my work. The technology is a means to tell stories, so I think conversations about my work can be had by very large audiences. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Magic is, in its core, introverted and closed; it's the most closed community ever, and I want to change all that and make it more open. If we want things to change, we have to be more open-minded.
Magicians are typically introverted; they don't tend to work with others, but I work with software programmers, composers, designers, so it's a very diverse group and the result is always more interesting than something I could have done by myself. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Magicians will always tell you the trick is the most important thing, but I'm more interested in telling a story.
My products and magic are free, but on the commercial side of what I do, the big tech companies are impressed with somebody like me who can emotionalize a piece of technology. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
One of the key qualities of all stories is that they are made to be shared.
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. Death
We willingly enter fictional worlds where we cheer our heroes and cry for friends we never had.

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