Madame Leota's Séance
Inspired by Madame Leota in Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction, I thought I would try to create a séance scene. My version included Madame Leota in her crystal ball floating in the air above the séance table. I had fun putting this display together and you probably will too.
The Madame Leota visual effect is simple; take a acrylic globe add a video display under it and then place a sheet of clear plastic in the globe at a 45 degree angle to reflect the image forward. That’s it! I hid my video source in a cardboard box suspended by black fine steel wires.
Madame Leota is the medium in Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction that appears in the séance room’s crystal ball casting spells. I used video of her face for the image in the crystal ball. Many versions of Madame Leota can be found on YouTube. However the one I am using, and like the best, is found on our own Instructable’s website from a previous Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/file/FPIQ07SFN82O50H... You can also record your own video and personalize the content.
The video is run in a looping program so that it continuously repeats so there is no need to access the video device to start or stop the content. I used ‘Vloop’ App, but there are several out there. I used an iPad2 as my video device, but any video display that fills the opening in the bottom of the globe will do. The display does have its limitations. Because the image is being reflected from below it is best viewed directly from the front, as deviation from head-on will tend to cut off the image. Keeping the image intact can be accomplished by locating the crystal ball in such a way that your guests are most likely to stay directly in front of the globe.
Acrylic Globe for Light Fixture (10” diameter with 5-1/4 opening), Amazon $25
Rigid yet flexible clear plastic sheet; iPad Screen Protector (Dollar Tree)
iPad or other Display Device and Video Looping App
Cardboard box that Display Device will fit inside
Foam blocks (packing materials)
Black Spray Paint
24 gauge black galvanized steel wire
Select Tarot Cards printed off of the internet - optional