Ideas worth spreading is the TED motto. Visionaries and leaders such as Stephen Hawking and Bill Clinton have given inspiring TED talks in the past. In March 2012, Lawrence spoke at a TEDx event in Hong Kong. In this video, Lawrence implores the audience to discover a passion and understand the importance of “real” human contact.
In the talk, Lawrence emphasises that although modern technology is an ever growing convenience in our lives, it also has many pitfalls. Lawrence discusses the merits of connecting with people in a tangible way, and he highlights his points with highly entertaining and utterly baffling magic.
From vanishing cellphones, bizarre coincidences, to transferring invisible touches, Lawrence demonstrates all is not what meets the eye. Skip to the end for a stunning demonstration of “connection” that sets the audience into a thunderous applause.
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Here he is – the Magic Man of Hong Kong. Magic came naturally to Lawrence. He mastered his first card trick at the tender age of 7 and his fascination for illusions and deceptions led him to learn the toughest magic tricks effortlessly. As an American growing up in Asia, Lawrence has developed a modern conjuring style and technique vastly different from the stereotypical “rabbit and hat” magician’s act. In addition to his expert proficiency in sleight of hand, years of experience have taught him how to quickly read and adapt to multicultural audiences, presenting magic in a way that is elegant and dynamic. Believe it or not, he has performed for Michael Jordan, Snoop Dogg, David Beckham, Rihanna, Jackie Chan, even President George Bush. Wicked right?
Honoured to be invited to speak at a prestigious TEDx event in March 2012, here are some photos from the presentation.
Lawrence Sullivan is a professional magician based in Hong Kong. He has fascinated countless audiences across the world with his subtle charm and finesse. Decades of practice have earned him the respect of other magicians and the public alike.