An analysis and review of robot magic shows

Jeehyun Yang, Jaesik Jeong, Jacky Baltes*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


The field of humanoid robotics is constantly evolving, with new advances creating exciting opportunities for research and development. Especially in the entertainment area, robotics applications show significant growth potential. To guide and track the progress of robotics research, good benchmark problems are crucial, but especially investigating human-robot interaction capabilities is difficult. This paper examines robot magic shows as a benchmark and research direction for entertainer robots and discusses flexible and versatile system architectures for robot magicians in the humanoid robot application challenge competition since 2017. The goal is a detailed analysis of magic tricks and magician robots presented in front of audiences. This paper reviews the hardware components and examines the robot platforms of participating teams in the robot magic show, the types of magic performances, the magic tricks and tools, the algorithms for the magic tricks, and the framework for humanoid robots. By providing a comprehensive analysis of these elements, we can gain insight into the capabilities of advanced humanoid robots for high-performance magic tricks. In conclusion, this paper highlights the exciting potential of humanoid robotics and entertainment fusion. In addition, we analyze the use of humanoid robots in magic shows, presenting the industrial potential of entertainer robots.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere6
JournalKnowledge Engineering Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jun 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


Dive into the research topics of 'An analysis and review of robot magic shows'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this