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  • Marco Tempest: What I'd like to show you today

  • is something in the way of an experiment.

  • Today's its debut.

  • It's a demonstration of augmented reality.

  • And the visuals you're about to see are not prerecorded.

  • They are live

  • and reacting to me in real time.

  • I like to think of it as a kind of technological magic.

  • So fingers crossed.

  • And keep your eyes on the big screen.

  • Augmented reality

  • is the melding of the real world

  • with computer-generated imagery.

  • It seems the perfect medium

  • to investigate magic

  • and ask, why, in a technological age,

  • we continue to have

  • this magical sense of wonder.

  • Magic is deception,

  • but it is a deception we enjoy.

  • To enjoy being deceived,

  • an audience must first

  • suspend its disbelief.

  • It was the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • who first suggested this receptive state of mind.

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge: I try to convey a semblance of truth in my writing

  • to produce for these shadows of the imagination

  • a willing suspension of disbelief

  • that, for a moment,

  • constitutes poetic faith.

  • MT: This faith in the fictional is essential

  • for any kind of theatrical experience.

  • Without it,

  • a script is just words.

  • Augmented reality

  • is just the latest technology.

  • And sleight of hand

  • is just an artful demonstration

  • of dexterity.

  • We are all very good at suspending our disbelief.

  • We do it every day,

  • while reading novels,

  • watching television

  • or going to the movies.

  • We willingly enter fictional worlds

  • where we cheer our heroes

  • and cry for friends we never had.

  • Without this ability

  • there is no magic.

  • It was Jean Robert-Houdin,

  • France's greatest illusionist,

  • who first recognized the role of the magician

  • as a storyteller.

  • He said something that I've posted on the wall of my studio.

  • Jean Robert-Houdin: A conjurer is not a juggler.

  • He is an actor playing the part of a magician.

  • MT: Which means magic is theater

  • and every trick

  • is a story.

  • The tricks of magic

  • follow the archetypes of narrative fiction.

  • There are tales of creation and loss,

  • death and resurrection,

  • and obstacles that must be overcome.

  • Now many of them are intensely dramatic.

  • Magicians play with fire and steel,

  • defy the fury of the buzzsaw,

  • dare to catch a bullet

  • or attempt a deadly escape.

  • But audiences don't come to see the magician die,

  • they come to see him live.

  • Because the best stories

  • always have a happy ending.

  • The tricks of magic have one special element.

  • They are stories with a twist.

  • Now Edward de Bono argued

  • that our brains are pattern matching machines.

  • He said that magicians deliberately exploit

  • the way their audiences think.

  • Edward de Bono: Stage magic relies almost wholly

  • on the momentum error.

  • The audience is led to make assumptions or elaborations

  • that are perfectly reasonable,

  • but do not, in fact, match

  • what is being done in front of them.

  • MT: In that respect,

  • magic tricks are like jokes.

  • Jokes lead us down a path

  • to an expected destination.

  • But when the scenario we have imagined suddenly flips

  • into something entirely unexpected,

  • we laugh.

  • The same thing happens

  • when people watch magic tricks.

  • The finale

  • defies logic,

  • gives new insight into the problem,

  • and audiences express their amazement

  • with laughter.

  • It's fun to be fooled.

  • One of the key qualities of all stories

  • is that they're made to be shared.

  • We feel compelled to tell them.

  • When I do a trick at a party --

  • (Laughter)

  • that person will immediately pull their friend over

  • and ask me to do it again.

  • They want to share the experience.

  • That makes my job more difficult,

  • because, if I want to surprise them,

  • I need to tell a story that starts the same,

  • but ends differently --

  • a trick with a twist

  • on a twist.

  • It keeps me busy.

  • Now experts believe

  • that stories go beyond our capacity for keeping us entertained.

  • We think in narrative structures.

  • We connect events and emotions

  • and instinctively transform them

  • into a sequence that can be easily understood.

  • It's a uniquely human achievement.

  • We all want to share our stories,

  • whether it is the trick we saw at the party,

  • the bad day at the office

  • or the beautiful sunset we saw on vacation.

  • Today, thanks to technology,

  • we can share those stories as never before,

  • by email, Facebook,

  • blogs, tweets,

  • on TED.com.

  • The tools of social networking,

  • these are the digital campfires

  • around which the audience gathers

  • to hear our story.

  • We turn facts into similes and metaphors,

  • and even fantasies.

  • We polish the rough edges of our lives

  • so that they feel whole.

  • Our stories make us the people we are

  • and, sometimes, the people we want to be.

  • They give us our identity

  • and a sense of community.

  • And if the story is a good one,

  • it might even make us smile.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

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