Good morning. So magic is an excellent way for staying ahead of the reality curve, to make possible today what science will make a reality tomorrow. As a cyber-magician, I combine elements of illusion and science to give us a feel of how future technologies might be experienced.
You've probably all heard of Google's Project Glass. It's new technology. You look through them, and the world you see is augmented with data: names of places, monuments, buildings, maybe one day even the names of the strangers that pass you on the streets. So these are my illusion glasses. They're a little bigger. They're a prototype. And when you look through them, you get a glimpse into the mind of the cyber-illusionist. Let me show you what I mean.
All we need is a playing card. Any card will do. Like this. And let me mark it so we can recognize it when we see it again. Alright, a very significant mark. And let's put it back into the deck, somewhere in the middle, and let's get started.
System ready. Acquiring image.
For those of you who don't play cards, a deck of cards is made up of four different suits: hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades. The cards are amongst the oldest of symbols, and have been interpreted in many different ways. Now, some say that the four suits represent the four seasons. There's spring, summer, autumn and...
My favorite season is winter. Well yeah, mine too. Winter is like magic. It's a time of change, when warmth turns to cold, water turns to snow, and then it all disappears. There are thirteen cards in each suit.
Each card represents a phase of the thirteen lunar cycles.
So over here is low tide, and over here is high tide, and in the middle is the moon.
The moon is one of the most potent symbols of magic.
There are two colors in a deck of cards. There is the color red and the color black, representing the constant change from day to night.
Marco, I did not know you could do that.
And is it a coincidence that there are fifty-two cards in a deck of cards, just as there are fifty-two weeks in a year?
If you total all the spots on a deck of cards, the result is three hundred and sixty-five.
Oh, three hundred and sixty-five, the number of days in a year, the number of days between each birthday. Make a wish.
Don't tell, or it won't come true.
Well, as a matter of fact, it was on my sixth birthday that I received my first deck of cards, and ever since that day, I have traveled around the world performing magic for boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives, even kings and queens.
And who are these?
Ah, mischief-makers. Watch. Wake up.
Whoa. Are you ready for your party piece? Ready! Let me see what you've got.
Presenting my pogo stick. Uh...watch out. Whoa, whoa, whoa, oh!
But today, I am performing for a different kind of audience. I'm performing for you.
Signed card detected.
Well, sometimes people ask me, "How do you become a magician? Is it a nine to five job?" Of course not! You've got to practice twenty-four seven. I don't literally mean twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Twenty-four seven is a little bit of an exaggeration, but it does take practice. Now, some people will say, "Well, magic, that must be the work of some evil supernatural force."
Well, to this, I just say, no no. Actually, in German, it's "nein nein." Uh... Magic isn't that intense. I have to warn you, though, if you ever play with someone who deals cards like this, don't play for money.
Why not? That's a very good hand. The odds of getting it are 4,165 to one.
Yeah, but I guess my hand is better. We beat the odds.
I think you got your birthday wish.
And that actually leaves me with the last, and most important card of all: the one with this very significant mark on it. And unlike anything else we've just seen, virtual or not. Signed card detected. This is without a question the real thing. Bye bye. Thank you.
Thank you very much.