My love of anything having to do with dolls and dollhouses started long before I became a serious doll collector. As children, dolls are our playmates, our best friends, and (in the dark of the night) sometimes our protectors. This web page is a place for me to share with other doll lovers of all ages, the dolls I have spent my whole life collecting. Make sure to click the "Older Posts" button at the bottom of the page in order to see the whole collection.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Quarter Scale Halloween Illusion Box (Pepper's Ghost Illusion)

I decided to try my hand at something I saw on the internet--a Pepper's Ghost illusion box. This is when you create a scene and then use a reflective surface (like glass or plastic) to project a see-through ghost into the scene. I created a quarter scale miniature Halloween scene and then lit it up so that the ghost would appear inside the box whenever the light comes on. It's a really hard illusion to photograph, so please excuse the blurry pictures. I did the best I could to capture the effect.

First you create a tiny scene inside a box. Leave a peep hole in the front so you can look inside at the miniature room.


This is what the miniature scene looks like when you look in the peep window. No ghost in this picture.


If you look carefully you will see the ghost is materializing in front of the fireplace. The illusion is hard to get on film. It looks so much cooler in real life.

This is how the illusion works. The real ghost is hiding out in a corner. When the light comes on she reflects into the piece of plastic between her and the miniature room. Very cool!