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From the Ted Talk by Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

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As a maiiacgn, I'm always interested in pmfrcnareeos that iortponrace elements of illusion. And one of the most remarkable was the tanagra tahteer, which was popular in the early part of the 20th century. It used mroirrs to create the ilsloiun of tiny people performing on a miniature stage. Now, I won't use mirrors, but this is my digital tritube to the tanagra theater. So let the story begin.
On a dark and stormy night — really! — it was the 10th of July, 1856. Lightning lit the sky, and a baby was born. His name was Nikola, Nikola Tesla. Now the baby grew into a very smart guy. Let me show you.

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As a ________, I'm always interested in ____________ that ___________ elements of illusion. And one of the most remarkable was the tanagra _______, which was popular in the early part of the 20th century. It used _______ to create the ________ of tiny people performing on a miniature stage. Now, I won't use mirrors, but this is my digital _______ to the tanagra theater. So let the story begin.
On a dark and stormy night — really! — it was the 10th of July, 1856. Lightning lit the sky, and a baby was born. His name was Nikola, Nikola Tesla. Now the baby grew into a very smart guy. Let me show you.

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Original Text

As a magician, I'm always interested in performances that incorporate elements of illusion. And one of the most remarkable was the tanagra theater, which was popular in the early part of the 20th century. It used mirrors to create the illusion of tiny people performing on a miniature stage. Now, I won't use mirrors, but this is my digital tribute to the tanagra theater. So let the story begin.
On a dark and stormy night — really! — it was the 10th of July, 1856. Lightning lit the sky, and a baby was born. His name was Nikola, Nikola Tesla. Now the baby grew into a very smart guy. Let me show you.

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