Marco Tempest is a Swiss magician based in New York City. He is reputed for his multimedia magic and use of interactive technology and computer graphics in his illusions and presentations. He stars in the eight part television series “The Virtual Magician” broadcasting in over 50 countries.
Marco Tempest is best known as a magician/performance artist who combines video, computer graphics and other technology of the moment with the ideas and technology of magic. His television series “The Virtual Magician” has aired in some 49 markets worldwide.
A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Tempest won numerous awards as a youngster for his use of illusion with contemporary choreography. While still in his teens, he became one of Europe’s top professional magicians as part of the duo United Artists. Collaborating with Martin Cottet, Tempest presented an unusual four-hands “flash act” in showrooms and on television throughout Europe and Asia.
In 2006, Tempest began posting “Phonecam” magic on YouTube and other popular viral video sites. Initially, the postings were a challenge in response to magicians on television shows who had used either special camera tricks, editing, or digital effects to present magic which was only possible in that medium. The rules are:
1. Shoot the magic on a phonecam in one take. No cuts, no edits.
2. The magic must be original – nothing from a book or that other magicians are doing.
Tempest’s first phonecam trick, in which he caused a borrowed umbrella to shrink visibly on camera, was later picked up and featured on Jay Leno’s Tonight show, and a later version earned him a spot on HBO’s “Comedy Festival” shot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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