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Jim Meskiman and Marco Tempest

Posted by Michael on May 10th, 2019

Impressionist Jim Meskiman recently posted this video featuring his conversations with techno-magician Marco Tempest.

Marco Tempest And His Little Friends

Posted by Michael on April 21st, 2017

Here is a longer, slightly different version of the Marco Tempest’s latest quadcopter routine that he posted on his Vimeo account just yesterday. As Marco pushes the boundaries between technology and magic (and openly discusses exactly what he is doing), I wonder how all you iTricksters feel about what he is doing. Are we coming to a time that sees the magic industry considering Seeed Studio and Raspberry Pi suppliers like Vernet and Goshman?

Marco Tempest Controls The Swarm

Posted by Michael on February 11th, 2016

The latest video from techno-mage Marco Tempest simply features Marco, a big empty space and two dozen quadcopter. As you can see for yourself above, Marco stands in the middle of the fleet flying robots in his newest technological demonstration that puts him just that much closer to being a villain on The Flash. (Seriously, if those were robot bees…)

Read more about the demonstration on Mashable and watch more of Marco on his YouTube channel.

Marco Tempest At Pioneers Festival

Posted by Michael on November 21st, 2014

We are closing out Video Friday this week with a few minutes from Marco Tempest at the recent Pioneers Festival in Vienna. iTricks found the video embedded in a Forbes article on Tempest. It is a particularly timely article considering the recent news from the Queen Mary University of London.

Hard to believe another week has passed, but it has… and so once again we want to wish all of the iTricksters a great weekend, whether y’all are performing, practicing or just sitting inside hiding from the cold!

EDI The Robot (And Marco Tempest) At TED

Posted by Michael on May 7th, 2014

Marco Tempest was the subject of the latest TED Podcast… well, to be fair, the real real star of the show is EDI the robot. EDI is a specially programmed Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics which Marco has showed off in the past. As the new video from the March TED event in Vancouver shows, though, EDI and Marco have really smoothed out the rough edges so that both give a seamless performance. The Baxter robot is impressive enough on its own (from the fact that it runs of household current to the manual training capabilities and lack of safety cages, it is an impressive piece of industrial automation) and Marco has made EDI something special.

If you need your own Baxter unit, visit Rethink’s website. If you want to see more of Marco in action,visit his YouTube page.

Tempest Advocates Open Source Magic

Posted by Michael on December 16th, 2013

It is probably reasonable to say that Slate’s favorite magician is Marco Tempest. They have recently spoken to him again about the idea that magic should be, at least partially, open source. Tempest and Kieron Kirkland, described as “magician in residence” for a British digital creativity studio called Watershed, are actually calling for magicians to share their craft with other fields, and in turn learn from them. Tempest not only says that illusions would benefit, but technology as well. As an example, he suggested that Apple’s Siri would be much better if she had been designed with the assistance of magicians. “It wouldn’t be either she knows or doesn’t know; there would always be another question…. We would use cold-reading skills.” You can read more in “Open-Sorcerers” on Slate.

Marco Tempest Joins WIRED 2013

Posted by Michael on August 6th, 2013

WIRED 2013, to be held October 17 and 18 at London’s Tobacco Dock, will include Marco Tempest in its line-up of speakers. Other featured guests include pianist Lang Lang, singer/songwriter Björk, Raspberry Pi inventor Eben Upton and real life “tricorder” developer Walter de Brouwer. The ‘standard ticket price’ for WIRED 2013 is £1590 (that’s about $2400). Tempest is also being featured in the WIRED 2013: Next Generation event on October 19, also at London’s Tobacco Dock. Tickets for WIRED 2013: Next Generation are a bit more reasonable at £60 (about $95) with a chance for students aged 12-16 to earn free tickets by inventing an app. Learn more about WIRED 2013 at