Mind Bending Technology and Magic

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Prepare to have your mind bent into places you didn’t think possible!

Because this video is one of THE MOST STUNNING things I have ever watched on the internet (and I am a millennial so that’s lots of things), I will start you off with a quote, a short explanation, and then let you dive into the video yourself.

First a quote:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
-Arthur C. Clarke

After watching this video of a live production (meaning there was no post production CGI involved) of Box by Bot & Dolly, you will understand the completely transformative power technology and magic can have on how we perceive the world. Take a watch…

After watching this for the 5th or 6th time, I am still as transfixed and find myself believing in the illusions as the first time I watched it.

Though this imagery is incredible, what does this mean for a world beyond the performance?

Have you ever thought of how the first onlookers of early moving pictures felt? Certainly, I can imagine my reaction to Box being relatively similar to their first reactions. How incredible would it have been to suddenly have the wall in front of you turned into a scene from far away, with people populating it larger than life?

Perhaps, in our inundation with technology we are having to push ourselves further and further to grasp a sense of wonder from it.

Part of why I love The Creators Project is that they not only expose me to incredible art, but they also interview the artists themselves to understand their intention and process. The video for the production of Box is one of my favorite interviews, because it shows us the technology behind the magic and helps to illuminate the incredible technology behind the performance.

I’d like to think there is still magic in this world, even if I can just find a tutorial on YouTube. I believe that magic comes from the craft of the performer or the artist at work. Whether the hands of the magician are working with cards, or computers, their true power lies in their ability to inspire wonder and awe, and perhaps question the boundaries of what we consider reality.

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

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