Make a Cool Hologram Illusion!

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Introduction: Make a Cool Hologram Illusion!

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.)


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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.

Step 2: Location, Location, Location

This illusion works well, but the monitor must remain out of view of the spectator.

For this instructable, I used a bookshelf/cabinet and the front window of my house for the trick-or-treaters to enjoy.

Projectors are relatively cheap these days. You could easily project the image onto a piece of glass 30 or 40 feet away. The projector would need to be located very close to the path of the intended viewer, however.

A great example of using a projector would be on an eave of your house. The glass could be suspended at an angle towards the front of the house, and then the image would be projected on it from a hidden spot on the roof. As the trick-or-treaters walked up to the house, they would be greeted with a creepy floating head on your roof.

Step 3: Display Setup

To keep from giving away the source of the image, adjust the brightness to the lowest setting and the contrast to the highest.

The goal is to make the background as dark as possible. Play the movie you want to use full screen, then adjust as needed.

For the cabinet configuration, suspend the LCD monitor above the viewing area. Then create a Halloweenish looking scene inside, and then place the glass over it at an angle that will reflect the image to the viewer.

For the windows configuration, set the monitor on the floor pointing up, create your scary scene, then place a much larger piece of glass over it at an angle that will reflect the image towards the window.

In either setup, the bottom edge of the glass should be as close to the bottom edge of the monitor as possible. That will make the image float in front of your scene, instead of behind it.

Adjust the angle of the glass to control the height of the floating head.

Step 4: Turn It On

Once it gets dark, turn it on and adjust as needed.

Once again, the camera doesn't do this illusion justice. It looks very good in person.

Watch the video to get an idea of how it looks:

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    93 Discussions

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    kibukun
    kibukun

    8 years ago on Introduction

    DON"T PAY ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

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    scitronboy
    scitronboy

    Reply 2 years ago

    what?

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    kibukun
    kibukun

    Reply 2 years ago

    Wizard of Oz reference.

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    scitronboy
    scitronboy

    2 years ago

    could you make a different link for the video?

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    scitronboy
    scitronboy

    Reply 2 years ago

    it could be a picture.

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    akillys
    akillys

    10 years ago on Step 4

    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?

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    scitronboy
    scitronboy

    Reply 2 years ago

    It probably wouldn't look very "holographic", but youcould try...

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    shaddoty
    shaddoty

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 4

    It probably wouldn't but you never know til you try

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    maxkapow
    maxkapow

    3 years ago

    Awesome!

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    AzaanD1
    AzaanD1

    3 years ago

    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!

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    PapperDoll
    PapperDoll

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I am going to try to make a Miku hologram too. Then Namine Ritsu and Rin and len!!!

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    tinker234
    tinker234

    7 years ago on Introduction

    could i do a whole body like a wizard but real time witha webcam

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    CreativeThief

    This instructable has helped tremendously, I just have a few questions...
    My company wants to make this device, i.e. Pepper's Ghost, as a cool sign to our entrance.
    1) We seem to have a problem with the piece of glass though.
    As can be seen in the above picture there is a "double" image that we need to get rid of.
    I was thinking of using either tightened, very thin Plexiglas or Museum glass (Also known as Non-reflective glass/ Anti-glare glass etc)
    Obviously, if I go with the latter, the glass can only be coated on the one side, right? Has anyone tried this?
    We have a fairly decent budget so cost would not really be an issue.
    Any other suggestions?
    Really Look forward to hearing back, and please forgive me if I am doing this wrong. I only joined today.

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    jill jacks
    jill jacks

    9 years ago on Step 2

    http://www.fss.state.mn.us/index.html

    Try Univ. or state auctions.

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    TheThornZ
    TheThornZ

    10 years ago on Introduction

    If you want really cheap holograms
    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.

    They were so cool, I have it set up at my house

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    skatelong
    skatelong

    10 years ago on Step 1

     The link is broken for the video

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    BEAST14
    BEAST14

    11 years ago on Step 2

    Where would you get a cheap projector? The cheapest one I could find was $120. That one was used too.

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    musick_08
    musick_08

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 2

    what about a thrift store?