This is an entertaining way to show the functions of the EDI robot. Obviously much rehearsal was involved, and pre-programming, but the point was to show how well the robot could interact with the magician.
David Fuchs introduced this TED Talks podcast on YouTube:
“Marco Tempest uses charming stagecraft to demo EDI, the multi-purpose robot designed to work very closely with humans. Less a magic trick than an intricately choreographed performance, Tempest shows off the robot’s sensing technology, safety features and strength, and makes the case for a closer human-robot relationship. (Okay, there’s a little magic, too.)”