Marco Temptest and his Augmented Reality Card Trick

Let’s start off with a video.

In this video, Marco Temptest with his augmented-reality glasses on, shuffles and deals, expounding on the symbolism behind the cards as he goes. The four suits — hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds — represent the four seasons. Meanwhile, the 13 cards in each suit represent the 13 phases of the lunar cycle. And did you ever notice that there are 52 cards in a deck, just as there are 52 weeks in a year? If so, it still might have escaped you that if you add up all the symbols in a deck of cards, there are 365 — the same as the number of days in a year.

And how was Marco inspired to develop this Augmented Reality Card Trick? Let’s see the answer in another video.


Here are some of Marcos’s performances on TED. In this video, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla — called “the greatest geek who ever lived” — from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.

In this another video, Marco spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity — all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine.

In another video, Marco, using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage.

And now a final video where again Marco spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion using three iPods like magical props.

If you want more from Marco, you can follow him on twitter, like him on facebook or subscribe him on youtube.


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