Team Bio - Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest's masterful blend of digital media and magic has enabled audiences to glimpse the future before technology gets there.

Adventurer, Scientist, Showman, Dreamer and Hero… There is no one quite like Marco Tempest. His imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, video, music and stagecraft with his unique vision of future life is creatively unique and unequalled within the performing arts.

He presented his keynote talks at TED, TED global, and conferences around the world, including the xDays Leadership conference in Switzerland, and at the World Economic Forum in Davos. His current talk, "Inventing the Impossible" covers subjects ranging from innovation, illusion, open source creation and other current hot topics... all illustrated with his incredible cyber-illusion magic.

No one else combines the incredible technical savvy with the showmanship, the physical skills and the charisma of Tempest. With all that talent, it’s amazing that he seems to enjoy poking fun at himself, and all those marvelous toys! Marco gets a kick out of bending reality around the edges. Is that image in the screen, or just in front of it?

At age 22, Marco captured the prestigious New York World Cup of Magic, launching him into international prominence. Marco Tempest has been featured in his own theatrical shows and as part of numerous television specials that have enjoyed well in excess of 500 million cumulative viewings across the world. Marco’s award winning television series “The Virtual Magician” is currently airing in 48+ countries.

Beyond the World Cup, Marco’s talent has been recognized with a number of prestigious international awards.  Most recently, he is the winner of the 2009 World Magic Award for Best Contemporary Magic, and the International Magician’s Society “Merlin Award,” also for Best Contemporary Magic.

His work is constantly changing: as new technologies evolve, Marco Tempest finds captivating ways of turning those advances into compelling illusions.

Click here to visit Marco's page (and multiple presentations) at TED.com.