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  • How To: Pepper's Ghost


    In the spirit of Halloween here's a spooky trick we learned, many moons ago, on The Magic School Bus:
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    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc. 

    The Magic School Bus: "Gets a Bright Idea" episode synopsis:
    Arnold's cousin, Janet, was disappointed by the all-school field trip to a light show, as she wanted to see a magic show. She tells the class she could do a magic trick, but she can't because of the ghost that haunts the theater. When they leave, they find Arnold missing. When they enter again, they see his "ghost". Keesha, the skeptic, is convinced that it is really a trick done by Janet to scare them. 
       © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.                          © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

       © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.                          © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    At the end of the episode, the producer reveals this ghostly light trick:
    Ah, it's an old magician's trick called 'Pepper's Ghost'. You can Do It Yourself, you know.
    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    1) First you take a cardboard box and paint the inside black.

    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.


    2) Make a medium sized window in one side of the box so you can see in.

    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    3) Make a window out of plastic or stretch some plastic wrap across a cardboard window
        frame so it can fit in the box on a slant.

       © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.                          © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    4) Take your ghost object, put it on the floor of the box then close up the box.

    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.                          © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    5) Now make another hole in the box so the light from a flashlight can shine on your ghost
        object without lighting up the back of the box.

    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.                          © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    6) Turn the light on, you'll see a reflection of your object on the plastic, making a ghost appear
        in the back of the box.

    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.                          © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    7) Turn the light off, and your handsome ghost disappears because there's no light from the reflection.

    © 1996 Scholastic Productions, Inc.

    ...but remember, the better-looking the ghost, the better the trick. 

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