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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.


“The Magic of Truth and Lies (and iPods).” TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presention.

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According to this quote from magician and illusionist Marco Tempest, art is a type of lie that creates truth by evoking real feelings. In the 2011 TED Talk this quote is from, Tempest gives a virtual “magic show” with iPods, using them to make the point that magic is a form of art and vice versa, and that art/magic is the most beneficial form of deception.

Watch the full TED Talk here: Marco Tempest – The Magic of Truth and Lies (and iPods)

“The Magic of Truth and Lies (and iPods).” TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presention.

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