Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other


Marco Tempest is a Swiss magician based in New York City. He is known for his multimedia magic and use of interactive technology and computer graphics in his illusions and presentations.


Marco introduces artificial reality glasses then shows us some card tricks from his point of view. He spins a fun tale as he deals the deck and reveals cards corresponding to the story he tells. As this happens, special effects explode from the cards and the computer voice acts as a foil – revealing probabilities and talking back to him.


My Thoughts

Fun video, and at 6 minutes long is worth a watch. I’m unsure if the special effects improve a magic show: it seems to make it easy to trick people when anything can be modified at a whim – taking some of the skill out of magic. Even so, the novelty of special effects and interesting story he tells makes it worthwhile.

As for how he does it, I think the cards appearing in order are ‘real’, with the deck in order before he starts and the shuffles all a trick.