Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.
Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
But this was before the Web, before 3G, before Google, before the mobile phone was ubiquitous. The world was not ready in 1994 to hold the world in its hands. And though General Magic died, those concepts and the people who pioneered them went on to change almost everything.
Combining rare footage from the early days of General Magic with contemporary stories of the Magicians today, this is the story of one of history’s most talented teams
Each one of these exceptional Magicians worked together on the vision of anywhere, anytime communication, led by Marc Porat – the visionary CEO who in 1989 had the right idea but the wrong timing.
It’s 2015. The iPhone 6s has just been released. A digital revolution is underway in Washington. eBay sell a quarter of a billion dollars worth of goods every day. And anywhere, anytime communication is now on our wrists.
Each of these incredible world changing feats has been shaped by a Magician.
| The Cast
The visionary with the right idea and the right pitch but the wrong timing and the wrong execution.
The Yoda of our story, one of the world’s greatest software engineers and the man forever putting the new first.
The truth teller who famously stood up to Steve Jobs. Courageous about confronting reality and speaking truth to power.
The creative luminary and technological artist who wanted postcards to fall from the sky.
The humanitarian and brilliant young engineer who now operates at the centre of the world stage.
The apprentice who worshipped then surpassed, who saw the cracks and witnessed his gods become mortal.
The benefactor who gave his blessing, then launched the Newton without a word to the Magicians.
The ghost and exile, whose spirit and rebellion haunt this story.