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  • So the type of magic I like, and I'm a magician,

  • is a magic that uses technology

  • to create illusions.

  • So I would like to show you something I've been working on.

  • It's an application

  • that I think will be useful for artists --

  • multimedia artists in particular.

  • It synchronizes videos

  • across multiple screens of mobile devices.

  • And I borrowed these three iPods

  • from people here in the audience

  • to show you what I mean.

  • And I'm going to use them to tell you

  • a little bit about my favorite subject:

  • deception.

  • (Music)

  • One of my favorite magicians

  • is Karl Germain.

  • He had this wonderful trick

  • where a rosebush would bloom

  • right in front of your eyes.

  • But it was his production of a butterfly

  • that was the most beautiful.

  • (Recording) Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

  • the creation of life.

  • (Applause)

  • (Music)

  • Marco Tempest: When asked about deception,

  • he said this:

  • Announcer: Magic is the only honest profession.

  • A magician promises to deceive you --

  • and he does.

  • MT: 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 every day.

  • (Ringing) Hold on.

  • Girl in Phone: Hey, where are you?

  • MT: Stuck in traffic. I'll be there soon.

  • You've all done it.

  • (Laughter)

  • Lady: I'll be ready in just a minute, darling.

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

  • Woman: You were great.

  • MT: Deception,

  • it's a fundamental part of life.

  • Now polls show

  • that men tell twice as many lies

  • as women --

  • assuming the women they ask told the truth.

  • (Laughing)

  • We deceive to gain advantage

  • and to hide our weaknesses.

  • The Chinese general Sun Tzu

  • said that all war

  • was 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.

  • Announcer: One five will get you 10, 10 will get you 20.

  • Now where's the lady?

  • Where is the queen?

  • MT: This one?

  • Sorry. You lose.

  • Well, I didn't deceive you.

  • You deceived yourself.

  • Self-deception.

  • That's when we convince ourselves

  • that a lie is the truth.

  • Sometimes it's hard to tell the two apart.

  • Compulsive gamblers

  • are experts at self-deception.

  • (Slot machine noise)

  • They believe they can win.

  • They forget the times they lose.

  • The 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 Juliet;

  • and why single notes of music,

  • when played together,

  • become a sonata and conjure up meaning.

  • That's "Clair de Lune."

  • Its composer called Debussy

  • said that art

  • was 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.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you. Thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

So the type of magic I like, and I'm a magician,

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【TED】Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods) (The magic of truth and lies (and iPods) | Marco Tempest)

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