Inventor portrait: Mark Setteducati

4 minutes

The pleasure of being fooled: inventor Mark Setteducati makes maths into magic

What goes into crafting a convincing illusion? For the US magician and inventor Mark Setteducati, whose toys and puzzles have earned him patents and accolades, personal expression and a mastery of maths have been key. In this profile from the US director David Friedman’s Inventor Portraits series, Setteducati discusses his creative process, and some of his most clever creations.

Director: David Friedman

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