Ever since watching the movie The Illusionist, I
was intrigued by the challenge of producing a spirit as suggested
by the movie, a half body resting on a table. I am calling my
result after the name of the principal character in that movie,
The Illusionist himself, Eisenheim.
In my version, the illusionist builds a frame on the tabletop
and fits it all around with windows supposedly from a haunted
house. Inside this completely transparent frame, a ghostly half
body slowly and visibly appears, moves its hands and arms,
speaks, and otherwise convinces the audience that it is a real
apparition. While it is manifesting itself, the windows are
removed from the framework, leaving only the frame itself. At the
conclusion, after the apparition has dissolved back into
nothingness, the frame and even the table are disassembled in
full view of the audience and put back into a storage crate for
This is something you can rough together quickly for use this
Halloween as a porch illusion or haunted house attraction, and
then refine it later for a regular attraction all year around.
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