Marco Tempest (b. 1964)
Marco Tempest's Real Name
Marco (last name unrevealed)
Known as a the 'Technoillusionist', and 'Virtual Magician'
Magician, Illusionist, Director, Producer
Place of Birth
Approx. 5' 9"
Marco Tempest possesses the ability of superior sleight of hand prowess. His imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, video, music and stagecraft with his unique vision of future life is creatively unique and unparalleled within the performing arts.
Tempest has a fascination with clean rooms and controlled environments.
Marco Tempest was born in in Zurich, Switzerland on December 3, 1964. He took to magic at a very young age. Becoming enamored by the art, Tempest studied and practiced magic incessantly.
While still in his teens, he became one of Europe's top professional magicians as part of the duo United Artists.
Collaborating with Martin Cottet, Tempest presented an unusual four-hands "flash act" in showrooms and on television throughout Europe and Asia.
He then created an act called, "Key of the Imagination" which incorporated a distinctive Eastern style including fans, origami, Kabuki streamers and boomerangs.
Tempest was soon touring worldwide, and at 22, he was launched to international notoriety when he took home such honors as New York's World Cup of Magic and Madrid's World Championship of Magic Award.
In 1989, Tempest began developing his own style with visual and conceptual "dance magic."
Tempest’s act has been featured in casino shows in the U.S and around the world, including Dreamstore at Monte Carlo Sporting Club, Magiquest at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, and The Good Time Variety Show at The Showboat Casino Hotel, Atlantic City.
He then unveiled his new magic act entitled, "NeXT Wave of Magic," which premiered in his hometown of Zurich in December 1991.
Tempest's use of a 32-screen video wall and the latest in techno-music earned him star spots in television variety shows, commercials, performing arts centers and corporate events in the U.S., Japan, France, Monte Carlo, Germany, Spain, and the UK.
In the corporate realm, he has made numerous appearances on behalf of Panasonic, Apple, Lucent Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, I.B.M., Toyota, Silicon Graphics, Pfizer, Cisco, Microsoft and numerous other corporate events and trade shows.
His ability to transform logos and products into 3-D animatronics put him much in demand on the corporate market, which became a major focus of his work for many years to come.
Tempest created his first full-evening touring show, "The Magic of Marco Tempest," which completed a 12 week touring engagement traveling to major theatres throughout Switzerland, Belgium and Holland in the fall of 1995.
The show combined traditional illusion techniques with the latest virtual reality and computer animation techniques, bringing technical special effects to live performance which had, till then, been available only to film and video audiences.
In 1996, Tempest moved to New York City, where he continues to live and work today. He continues to perform extensively in the corporate market, on television and, more recently, on the internet.
In 1998 he was awarded France’s top honor for magicians, the Mandrake D’Or. He began the development of and marketing for his first 13 part television series “The Virtual Magician – Keeper of Secrets,” beginning in 2000, and the series ran for two seasons (2003–2004) in 49 different markets around the world, and continues in syndication in many of those markets today.
In the series, Tempest played a magician from a future time when technology rules and magic and mystery have died. Using his own secret technologies, he traveled into the digital archives of time and retrieved the greatest mysteries from the past.
He brought those mysteries into our time and performed them for people in everyday situations – on the street, in restaurants, etc. The theme and main character of “The Virtual Magician” has been carried forward in Tempest’s more recent television appearances around the world, and particularly in his “Magic of Marco Tempest” television specials in Japan and Korea.
In 2006, Tempest began posting “Phonecam” magic on YouTube and other popular viral video sites. Initially, the postings were a challenge in response to magicians on television shows who had used either special camera tricks, editing, or digital effects to present magic which was only possible in that medium.
Tempest’s first phonecam trick, in which he caused a borrowed umbrella to shrink visibly on camera, was later picked up and featured on Jay Leno’s Tonight show, and a later version earned him a spot on HBO’s “Comedy Festival” shot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Always working to stay just a bit ahead of the curve himself, he has a particularly winning way of taking his audiences with him on his magical excursions into the land of tomorrow.
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