Tempest’s Augmented Reality gets play on CNET

May 1st, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

Remember the Augmented Reality video from Marco Tempest that we posted a couple of days ago? The cool-as-all-getout video snared the positive attention of CNET:

We see what he sees as the cards he deals become enchanted, dance, animate, disappear, and even sink beneath the surface of the mat. An artful combination of virtual and real moves, the routine also manages to capture the same level of semi-hokey, semi-masterful showmanship that’s been the aesthetic of close-up magic since Dai Vernon, and well before. Adding tech hasn’t changed the style of the show.

However, author Scott Stein wonders if such videos and digital trickery will become the standard in magic:

So, is this what magic kits will consist of in the year 2014–goggles, a camera, and a deck of coded cards? It certainly suggests that we’re about to enter a fascinating (and slightly terrifying) new age where nothing that you see–even live footage–will be able to be truly trusted.

He ain’t kiddin’ about that “slightly terrifying” part. That’s why we perform live. No amount of tech will ever replace being able to make real life look like a TV trick.

In case you missed it, here’s the vid:


  1. I hope it doesn’t come to the point where we ave to wear goggles to see the tricks.

  2. that was cool

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