Inventing the impossible: how magic can inspire technology and innovation

Marco Tempest

Session info

Magic can do things today that technology will be able to do in five years. This is the starting point for Marco Tempest. Through mind-blowing magical illusions he tells the story of how magic is created in the 21st century. Not through secrecy but via collaboration with people who work in different disciplines. He seeks to tell a story which can inspire everyone to open up their business and innovate by new means. 


Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world’s most unique performers. 

His interest in computer generated imagery led him to incorporating video and digital technology in his work. The internet took it from there, providing more opportunities for digital illusions, augmented reality and ways of interacting with audiences.

Marco is an open source advocate, working with artists, writers and technologists to create new experiences and research the practical uses of the technology of illusion. He performs around the world, is a media consultant and lectures on the psychology of deception and creative thinking.