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  • Hello everyone!

  • So my name is Marco Tempest. I'm a magician.

  • Today I'd like to show you something I've been

  • working on: it's an application that I think will be useful

  • to artistsmultimedia artists in particular.

  • It synchronises videos across multiple screens

  • of mobile devices. And it's free.

  • And I prepared these three iPods here

  • to show you what I mean.

  • And I'm going to use them --

  • I'm going to use them to tell you a little bit

  • about my favorite subject,

  • which is deception.

  • (Music)

  • One of my favourite magicians is Karl Germain.

  • He had this wonderful trick where a rose bush

  • would bloom right in front of your eyes.

  • But it was his production of a butterfly

  • that was the most beautiful.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, the creation of life

  • (Crowd cheering)

  • When asked about deception, he said this:

  • Magic is the only honest profession.”

  • “A magician promises to deceive you, and he does.”

  • I like to think of myself as [an] honest magician.

  • I use a lot of tricks, which means that

  • sometimes I have to lie to you.

  • Now I feel bad about that, but people lie everyday.

  • Hold on.

  • (Phone call) Hey, where are you?

  • I'm stuck in traffic. I'll be there soon.

  • We've all done it.

  • (Woman) I'll be ready in just a minute, darling.

  • (Man) It's just what I've always wanted.

  • (Woman) You were great!

  • Deception. It's a fundamental part of life.

  • Now, polls show that men tell twice as many lies as women.

  • Assuming the women they asked told the truth.

  • We deceive to gain advantage,

  • and to hide our weaknesses.

  • The Chinese general Sun Tzu said that

  • All wars are based on deception.”

  • Oscar Wilde said the same thing of romance.

  • Some people deceive for money.

  • Let's play a game.

  • Three cards, three chances.

  • One five will get you ten.

  • Ten will get you twenty.

  • Now, where's the lady? Where is the Queen?”

  • This one?

  • Ah, sorry. You lose.

  • But I didn't deceive you.

  • You deceived yourself. Self-deception.

  • That's when we convince ourselves that a lie is a truth.

  • Now, sometimes it's hard to tell two apart.

  • Compulsive gamblers are experts in self-deception.

  • They believe they can win.

  • They forget the times they lose.

  • Our brain is very good at forgetting.

  • Bad experiences are quickly forgotten.

  • Bad experiences quickly disappear.

  • Which is why in this vast and lonely cosmos

  • we are so wonderfully optimistic.

  • Our self-deception becomes a positive illusion,

  • why movies are able to take us onto extraordinary adventures,

  • why we believe Romeo when he says he loves Juliette,

  • and why single notes of music, when played together,

  • become a sonata and conjure up meaning.

  • That's “Clair de Lune”.

  • Its composer, Claude Debussy, said that

  • Art is the greatest deception of all.”

  • Art is a deception that creates real emotions,

  • a lie that creates a truth.

  • And when you give yourself over to that deception,

  • it becomes magic.

  • Thank you.

  • (Crowd cheering)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you very much!

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • If I may, I want to give a quick shout out to

  • two of my collaborators, my two dear friends,

  • Jojo Mayer, who made the music

  • for this wonderful piece,

  • and Kevin Blanc, who made the amazing

  • motion graphics.

  • Thank you, guys.

Hello everyone!

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    阿多賓 posted on 2014/05/25
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