Marco Tempest , Director's Fellow

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, and to the development of a new form of contemporary illusion. The expansion of the Internet and social media provided more opportunities for digital illusions and ways of interacting with audiences and creating magically augmented realities. Tempest is a keen advocate of the open source community, working with artists, writers, and technologists to create new experiences and research the practical uses of the technology of illusion. He continues to perform around the world, consults on the subject of magic and illusion, and lectures internationally on the psychology of deception and creative thinking.                         

Marco 's Projects

  • Magic Robot Interaction

    a project by Marco Tempest

    Can a magician and a robot collaborate on stage to create a believable, evocative performance?
    We are studying how the quality of robot movement, perceived robot agency, and blended static/dynamic interactivity between a robot and human performer might influence an audience’s emotional state and belief in the validity of a robot character during a performance.

    updated on Friday, 01/03/2014
  • Beyond Pixels

    a project by Marco Tempest

    inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. We submitted a proposal for a 4-5 minute long presentation of the InFORM shape display as a choreographed sleight-of-hand magic routine.

    updated on Friday, 01/03/2014

Marco 's Events

  • Apr

    Spring 2014 Member Meeting

    Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:15am to 10:15am

    Meet EDI the Magic Robot at the ML Spring Member Meeting 2014
    Research Updates: Projects - Marco Tempest & David Nuñez | Personal Robots

    updated on Friday, 04/25/2014
  • Apr


    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:45am

    Magic Robot presentation for TTIVanguard  "Connecting the Bots" 
    Creating the Illusion of the Thinking Machine

    updated on Friday, 04/25/2014
  • Jan

    Magical Interfaces at the Media Lab India Initiative

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am

    The Media Lab India Initiative is an effort by students and alumni from the MIT Media Lab to bring together a community of makers and creators across India, and to facilitate collaboration and sharing of ideas across boundaries of disciplines, institutions and culture.

    updated on Wednesday, 01/29/2014
  • Nov

    Director's Fellows NYC Offsite

    Sat, 11/23/2013 - 10:00am to Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:00pm

    New York, NY, United States

    Look out, New York City! The Director's Fellows program is inbound to your amazing city for a weekend of workshopping, exploring, and connecting with our New York City-based Fellows: comedian Baratunde Thurston, designer Christopher Bevans, virtual magician Marco Tempest, and chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley.

    updated on Friday, 01/03/2014

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