TED video roundup: Entertainment talks

In the course of bringing together the TEDxDerby video roundup blogs I sometimes talk to people who have never watched a TED talk. “I haven’t heard of TED. What is it? Why should I be interested?” – at which point I attempt to explain, to engage, to enthuse.

These three differing video choices from the field of Entertainment provide the perfect introduction to TED. They open minds, inspire and of course, richly entertain. If you haven’t watched a TED talk I implore you to watch one of these. We all want to be entertained! Enjoy…

Katharine Childs (Speaker 2015)

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music

Classical music often has the reputation of being frightfully posh and for a minority of people. As a classically trained pianist I know that’s not true – and although the speaker in this video is frightfully posh he will completely persuade you that classical music is for everyone. I was the 7-year-old he talks about learning to play Mozart and now I’m the grown-up wondering how many shining eyes I have around me.

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Helen Clark (Organiser 2016, volunteer 2014-15, )

Apollo Robins: The art of misdirection

In his short talk, pickpocket Apollo Robbins shows us the fragility of our own perception and demonstrates how our minds can be easily tricked, even if we think we’re looking for the catch. This is a really entertaining and fun talk but also makes the point that by capturing people’s awareness, we also have the power to change their reality. I watched this talk with co-organiser Pete and we both were caught out by the end of this talk – see if it surprises you too…

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Trevor Phillips (TED enthusiast)

Johnny Lee: Free or cheap Wii remote hacks

Johnny Lee’s video was one of the first TED talks I was fortunate to find way back in 2008/2009 and is a fascinating talk combining both entertainment and technology, technology that we pretty much take for granted now with Xbox’s Kinnect and the Playstation equivalent. However back then it seemed like a revolutionary idea.