Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Marco Tempest And His Little Friends

Posted by Michael on April 21st, 2017

Magic Mini Drones Debut from Marco Tempest on Vimeo.

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?

Creepy Magician Automaton

Posted by Michael on April 20th, 2017

Normally I find automatons very interesting and even charming. As the headline states, though, this one kind of creeps me out. It seems like something that would be trying to kill Doctor Who. This circa 1900 piece is one of several being auctioned by Auction Team Breker in Koeln, Germany next month. Get more details on their website.

Jason Bird’s High Tech New Assistant

Posted by Michael on March 20th, 2017

This new video from Jason Bird shows an effect he created with Dallas Fueston which they titled (at least in the video) Drone Stab. You an see more of Jason on his official website.

It’s Pi Day 2017!

Posted by Michael on March 14th, 2017

It is Pi Day… because it is 3/14. But in addition to being a day to celebrate the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (that is what the mathematical constant pi is… I wasn’t always a magic reporter; I first majored in physics originally) people are celebrating other versions of pi(e). Check your local news for deals on pizza pies or apple pies. But around iTricks Tower Midwest our favorite pi is the Raspberry Pi, the ultra low cost single board computer that can be used for a wide variety of rad projects. If you aspire to be what the hip kids call “a maker,” then you should familiarize yourself with the Raspberry Pi. We have picked up versions (the very functional Pi Zero) for as low as $5! And this is how Raspberry Pi celebrated their anniversary.

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.

iPads, Chimps And Magicians… Oh My!

Posted by Michael on February 9th, 2016

Simon Pierro is kicking off the Year of the Fire Monkey with a little magic for monkeys… well, chimpanzees. Magic for animals, by the way, is going to be kind of a theme today. You can read more about Simon’s video in this Cult Of Mac article. You can also follow Simon over on his website.

200 Year Old Sailing Ship Automaton

Posted by Michael on August 21st, 2015

Earlier today we mentioned a Slate article on The Turk, the infamous automaton that is thought by most to have been an elaborate hoax. Automatons were real, of course, and although many think of them as large scale impressive devices most were smaller devices that could be easily displayed in the homes of the upper classes. Many clocks, such as cuckoo clocks, featured automatons in their design such as this piece from Douglas Fisher’s Youtube page. Visit to see many more examples of automatons.