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(what, no category for magicians and their stuff?)
Certain technological developments are necessary before this
be done. Likely it can only be done ONCE, after which nobody
be interested. That's what makes this Idea half-baked, of
The magician on the stage can do ANYTHING
you can think of.
Walk across the stage a foot above the floor. Saw the helper in
half, with innards spilling all over the place, then sewing helper
up again with instant perfect recovery. Pulling anything out of
pocket, like a T-Rex that bites the magician's head off, after
which the magician grows a new head, pulls out a bazooka from
another pocket, and
shoots the T-Rex.
And so on. The reason all this (and more!) can be done is
ALL of it, including the magician, is a hologram, and every
that the audience can see during the performance was carefully
constructed inside a computer. None of it was real; all of it
A proposed 3D display
As mentioned in an annotation. [Vernon, Sep 04 2015]
[MechE, Sep 08 2015]
||So... not a magic act at all; just a holographic/3D movie. Yay.
||[neutrinos shadow], it's both. Professional magicians
are quite willing to say that their tricks are illusions.
Why should you think that one type of illusion
disqualifies it from being an illusion in some other
circumstance? Not long ago I saw a You-Tube video in
which a rather good magician appeared to not-quite
pull off a particular illusion, involving a television. It
was supposed to look like he reached his arm into the
TV screen to pull out a real object, but what I saw
made me think that his arm actually went behind the
TV to get it. His arm "in" the TV was the illusion, a
prepared-in-advance display. In this Idea, the most-
extreme-possible case is described (and if your
breakthrough in holographic projection tech is kept
you probably could do this magic act quite a few times,
before the secret got out).
||magic, and I'm not being ironic. Indistinguishable 3-D video
does not exist.
||[Voice], the operative word is "yet". Are you sure it can
NEVER be done? As a hint for one possibility (still a bit iffy,
though), imagine a crystalline structure that occupies the
entire stage; then see link.
||In case anyone is interested, I've updated that 3D display
idea to make it work better. (Just so it could be used in
this Future Magic Act, heh!)
||Pretty sure Clarke already covered everything in this vein.