The Magical Story of the Greatest Geek Who Ever Lived
I want to be excited, thrilled, and ecstatic about all sorts of things as long as I live. ~Win Couchman
I have a confession to make. This post isn’t even close to what I had originally planned for today; but I am a long time fan of magician Marco Tempest and when I discovered his latest TED Talk presentation which combines inspiration, history and the art of storytelling, I couldn’t resist pulling a little magic switcheroo of my own.
You will like this – I promise!
Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book in his short 6 minute talk, Marco tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla — called “the greatest geek who ever lived” — from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.
Now if you’re not familiar with Tesla’s name it may be because he was around at the same time as Thomas Edison and it seems much of his work was overshadowed by Edison’s. In fact, when I went in search of a bit of background information on Tesla I discovered that he actually worked for Edison for a time and some historians are of the opinion that Edison actually took credit for at least some of Tesla’s work. I’m not going there in this post … but if after viewing Marco’s presentation you decide you’d like to learn more about the “Greatest Geek” I’ve included a link to his bio at the end.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy another awesome presentation by Marco Tempest.
If you’d like to learn more about Tesla, here is a link to just one of the biographies available online. If you’d like to learn more about Marco Tempest, here’s a link to his website, and to a previous TED Talk I featured here, The Magic of Truth and Lies and iPods.
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