Posthumous Resurrection, Not Akin To Lazarus Syndrome

by M-Gillies

Frank Sinatra, who has been dead for almost 14 years, recently performed at Simon Cowell's birthday bash with help from Musion Eyeliner. Will the rest of the Rat Pack soon be making a comeback?

Conspiracy theorists and fans alike can rejoice as the long ago, enigmatic mythology surrounding rapper and actor Tupac Shakur’s death have been debunked when he made an appearance at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 15, 2012.

It’s been 16 years since news of his death invaded our homes broadcasted on television stations, published in newspapers and magazines and inciting numerous theories behind his murder and whether or not he actually did die or if he had changed his identity. But now, not looking a day over 25, Tupac has come out of hiding to grace the stage and embrace his fans, with speculations that he may even be going on tour with former collaborators, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

With the revelations of this news, one question that should be on many people’s minds is, where has Tupac been and why come out of hiding now?

Well, the truth is, for some, he’s still dead – for others, he’s still hiding, but for holographic projection firm Musion, getting Tupac to perform was as easy as setting up an angled piece of glass placed on the stage to reflect a projector on a screen to give audience a pseudo-holographic 3D-image of Tupac as he performed on stage.

Using old performance footage and creating an animation that incorporated characteristics of the late singers’ movements, and further using an updated version of a stage trick that traces its roots back to the 1800s, Musion has mastered a way of resurrecting the once influential artist, putting him back on the stage to continue performing.

But Tupac isn’t the only celebrity getting a post-humous resurrection. In fact, Frank Sinatra made a private appearance at Simon Cowell’s 50th birthday party to perform Pennies from Heaven, while entrepreneur and golf enthusiast Samuel Ryder, who died in 1936, appeared at the 2008 Ryder Cup Gala Event, all thanks to Musions’ patented invention, the Musion Eyeliner.

Taking the basic illusionary techniques mastered by John Henry Pepper in the 1860s, in which he used a plate of glass and special lighting to create the illusion of objects appearing and disappearing, looking transparent or morphing for stage performances, Musion further improved upon the technique by combining digital projections and computer animations to recreate living images of people.

To further showcase the success of Musion Eyeliner, the company has released testimonial videos of deceased company executives discussing the impact of how the projection system works. While this new technology has opened up the possibilities of bringing deceased celebrities back to life for live performances, some critics believe it could lead to an overused gimmick.

As MTV writer Gil Kaufmann wrote, ¬®For example, if Paul McCartney announced a tour with a virtual John Lennon, Beatles fans would likely see that as being in bad taste and not show up.”

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