|Liberace in casual clothes|
More than 25 years after his death, it looks as if Liberace is headed back out on tour thanks to some technological help.If holograms of dead people are going to interact with us living folk, I demand some indication that we're dealing with a holographic, computer driven personality. Perhaps a cardboard "H" on the forehead, like the one worn by Rimmer in "Red Dwarf."
The legendary performer is set to make his return to the stage sometime this year as a sort of “hologram”, with his unveiling taking place in Las Vegas, where he made a name for himself as a showman.
Many will use the word hologram, but that technically isn’t correct. While it will look like a hologram up on stage, the technology is actually a signature kind of illusion, created by a mixture of software, new projection techniques, and optical trickery aided by what’s called Pepper’s Ghost.
While this new venture may put off quite a few people—including some of his biggest fans—the Liberace Foundation is behind the venture entirely, even supplying Hologram USA with footage and artifacts for the program.
Apparently, the “hologram” won’t just be a typical projection, but one that will actually be able to “interact” with audience members. In fact, Jonathan Warren, the chairman of the Liberace Foundation, said that those who attend the show will be able to “ feel the warmth from his heart, the sparkle of his eye”.
This reminds me of an old dirty joke told by "The Greaseman" a legendary DJ from D.C. in my early years in the area.
So, how did Liberace die?
Botulism. Yep, bad meat in the can.