Zero Magic with Malin Nilsson (magician), Théo Bourgeron (sociologist of finance), Kevin Keener (patent attorney), Johan Hjerpe (designer), 2016

Magic box
H38 x L56,5 x D47,5 cm
3+3 AP

Zero Magic is a trick for the financial markets, which has the capacity to undermine the perceived value of a publicly traded company and profit from this. The piece was developed by infiltrating a secretive American hedge fund, which specializes in short selling, in order to reverse engineer its methods. Abacuses surround a magic box filled with information about these financial manipulations. The magician Malin Nilsson has also introduced audiences to the piece through stage performances – in its first presentation in Helsinki in 2015 it realized a 64.7 percent profit for the audience. A US patent application for the trick was filed in January 2016.

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