This instructable will show you how to easily make a convincing floating head hologram.

It's a great addition to your Halloween decorations!

Watch the video for the overview. (The camera can't do this illusion the justice it deserves.)

Step 1: Supplies

You only need a couple of things for this illusion:

1. A piece of glass.

The size of the glass is relative to the size of the area where the illusion will be viewed.

2. A monitor (and computer, of course).

Either an LCD or CRT monitor will work. CRT monitors tend to give a better reflection, but an LCD monitor can be used in a much smaller spot.

The LCD monitor I used had a removable stand. That made it much easier to hide in the cabinet.

3. Floating head movie.

I recommend Big Scream TV.
Instead of using this as decoration, I wanna project my head like in superman or wizard of oz. how do I do this. Can I do a video call and use a filter to project my head? That would be awesome!
PS called easy for a reason... He's got three easy steps what is yours got 50 and some... No need to go all out when it's just one night like Halloween it's not like we're trying to put on some spectacular light show
PS called easy for a reason... He's got three easy steps what is yours got 50 and some... No need to go all out when it's just one night like Halloween it's not like we're trying to put on some spectacular light show
PS called easy for a reason... He's got three easy steps what is yours got 50 and some... No need to go all out when it's just one night like Halloween it's not like we're trying to put on some spectacular light show
Ps called easy for a reason you take all the time you need to do that and he's only got 3 steps what's yours got 20 some and your giving us instructions woohoo... no need to go all out when you just wanna put up a lil decoration for one night like holloween
Yeah /maskofdarkness22 hau i have an idea if you think you can do it better don't just talk the talk actually do it make him look stupid shoot even show me up and make one yourself?
<p>thats not really a hologram thats just a way of making a projector appear as one alot of peapole don't realize it but inorder to make a proper holagram you always need mirrors inorder to cause to beams of light to collide into one another this is how u make a true hologram if you want the esiest hologram to make is a photo frame you take 2 mirros and place one on the back of the inside of a small box where the front of the box needs to be cut open that is where the hologram will apear when you put in your picture next u place a second mirror in the box i forget if it was on the top or the bottom seeing how it was a long time ago when i made one of these during my studies into creating a EMH (Eletric Magnetic Hologram) but i think it was the bottom and then u need to have a beam of light shoot into the box from a hole in the top not large one and not to small needst meet the requirements of the size of the box then all you do is turn the light on and wolla you will see the picture you placed on the bottom on the inside of the box appear where the front cut out is oh yea and make sure the cut in the front of the box is the same size as the mirros them selves or people will be able to tell it is a fake image&nbsp; you can email me for more further info on holograms using this sight i would be more than happy to share my knoledge and so you know in order for anny physical object to be touched it must have some form of electric magnetic energy hense the reason the call the doctor on voyager an emh because with out the em field it would not be able to interact with anny object especial organic beings due to the fact all living things produce a em field even the very earth itself has its own em field in which is what makes it habbital for living life forms.</p>
Not trying to be rude or anything, but this isn't your instructable, maskofdarknees. You can post your instructables on how to do these, but it's very rude to say stuff like this on other people's intructables.
i am very intrigued about making a hologram but i really don't know about the idea of angles
i see you understand a true emh ha? well i am building a haunted house this year on my farm and i would really like to do some really cool illusions. i can build almost anything if you have the knowledge. could you provide me specific instuctions on how to make a true ghost or floating head (aka emh)? please keep in mind this will be done outdoors, thanks in advance,, chris
The man stated it is a &quot;hologram&quot; illusion. I'm sure most of us here realize it's not an actual hologram.
can you tell me how to make a live 3d movable hologram in my room .... i want a 18 inch one... if you can tell me ...just email it to b_da_bomb09@yahoo.com. If you do email me Thanks a bunch ...if you can't well sorry to waste your time.
Thanks for asking for that sweet information to be sent to Just YOU man! Share the knowledge! I would also love to know that information also..
I'm going to make a Miku hologram. :D
I am going to try to make a Miku hologram too. Then Namine Ritsu and Rin and len!!!
I may be stupid buy could you apply this to just regular tv or when your playing video games to give you a holographic experience or no?
It probably wouldn't but you never know til you try
could i do a whole body like a wizard but real time witha webcam
Does it have to be a movie or can it be a picture too?
This instructable has helped tremendously, I just have a few questions...<br>My company wants to make this device, i.e. Pepper's Ghost, as a cool sign to our entrance.<br>1) We seem to have a problem with the piece of glass though.<br>As can be seen in the above picture there is a &quot;double&quot; image that we need to get rid of.<br>I was thinking of using either tightened, very thin Plexiglas or Museum glass (Also known as Non-reflective glass/ Anti-glare glass etc)<br>Obviously, if I go with the latter, the glass can only be coated on the one side, right? Has anyone tried this?<br>We have a fairly decent budget so cost would not really be an issue.<br>Any other suggestions?<br>Really Look forward to hearing back, and please forgive me if I am doing this wrong. I only joined today.
http://www.fss.state.mn.us/index.html<br><br>Try Univ. or state auctions.
If you want really cheap holograms <br /> visit geeknfreak.com, They have a cheap CG floating head avi with like an alien satan ext. I think it was like .25 cents under there projects section.<br /> <br /> They were so cool, I have it set up at my house<br />
&nbsp;The link is broken for the video<br /> <br />
Where would you get a cheap projector? The cheapest one I could find was $120. That one was used too.
what about a thrift store?
i wanna make a floating hologram thing like this and make my friends pay 5 bucks to see it
I'm wondering if it's possible to burn a copy of the ghoulish skull onto a CD or DVD-R & play it on a small TV hooked up to a DVD player, instead of using a computer....that would be an easier setup for me. Has anyone tried that?
i haven't, but they did that on a show called mystery hunters and it worked. The show also gave the instruction to just sit with a scary mask in front of a black curtain and use a video camera, but i think a pre-recording is bettter. Not sure about a flat screen or LCD though.
they did this on youtube but your instructables where a little easier to follow
Hello can you tell me where i can get the movie your showing? Becous is really nice and wanna make it for halloween. P.S Very nice video love it.
one word : Youtube
Ok,<br/><br/>My actions here may adversely effect my chances in the Halloween contest, but its ok. really, its ok.<br/><br/>That said, I'm making a very similar peppers ghost set up as part of my ultimate Halloween display instructable. I also needed a video, and to be frank, I don't think the stuff done by &quot;Big Scream TV&quot; is very good. It all looks fake, they're all just disembodies heads, and they're all designed for REALLY terrible dialogue.<br/><br/>So, in the interests of a good display for all who attempt this, Here's the video I made, based on a short clip of Disney's Haunted Mansion, taken during a walkthrough.<br/><br/>its only 13 seconds of ghost padded with 13 seconds of black, and the resolution is terrible, but in my display, at least, it looks AMAZING.<br/><br/>I call her <em>Pepper's Bride</em>.<br/><br/>Enjoy, and be sure to read my instructable when it appears, slightly after Halloween... I swear I'm gonna regret doing this later.<br/>
That is not remotely spooky.
they sell a dvd with animations for this purpose including a rapping skull, it's kinda cool
WoW!!! Didn't see this before! Great job, really love the Instructable! rate:***** +I added it to my mythbusters group
Will plexi-glass work? If not, how expensive is it for a sheet of glass?
i have a frame shop and i get a door sized piece of glass for five dollars
The smaller piece of "glass" in the video is actually acrylic, which is a cheaper version of Plexiglas. At Home Depot, the plastic sheets were only a couple of dollars cheaper than the glass of the same size. You are better off with the glass, especially with bigger projects.
Acrylic is awesome! And now, kipkay has some rival DIYer's (insert climactic opera music here) you and babblin5 both are extremely smart, and both *gasp* have black cats!!! the show is on....<br/>cool project too !<sub>!(-_-)!</sub>!<br/>
if your doing something small can you use the glass from a photo frame
do you know how to make smaller holograms? i whant to make a hologram of writing to scare my sis. lol ;)
Really Nice Video Just keep inventing
Who needs a monitor or CRT? Put the glass so it reflects sideways and stand near with a flashlite under your face making faces & uttering crazy stuff. Or ditch the glass.
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Drat. Someone else posted the link for &quot;The Magic Mirror&quot;. It's here by the way:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.imagineerieing.com/mirror.html">http://www.imagineerieing.com/mirror.html</a><br/><br/>All of their products are here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.imagineerieing.com/products.html">http://www.imagineerieing.com/products.html</a><br/><br/>Would love to see someone's instructable set-up of it. Here's a youtube of what someone did with it. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dhTGph3SX8">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dhTGph3SX8</a><br/>
where do you get a movie like that for your computer???
You could always make one yourself with your handy-cam, dress in all black, with a scary mask and light it from the side all creepy and then play it back!
Surprisingly, there aren't very many out there. This one is called X-Ray and I found it at Party City. The best one is called Big Scream TV, but it impossible to find these days in brick and mortar stores. You can get it online from their web site now, though.
This should win the DIY Halloween Contest

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