Joshua Ellingson makes extraordinary multimedia sculptures with old TV sets, analog synthesizers, and digital software. Many of his projects center on the Pepper's Ghost illusion—the 150-year-old special effect most famously used in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. This mind-bending technique melds art, science, and technology to create magic. It's also surprisingly simple to create once you understand how it works.
Below, Ellingson shows how to make a wondrous Pepper's Ghost illusion using a plastic cup lid, plastic snack packaging, and your mobile phone. Continue down to see the fantastic sculpture he installed at Seattle's Roq la Rue Gallery last year and that I was fortunate enough to experience in person.