“Located in a former blacksmith’s forge, the world’s longest operating gallery of holography is now in its fourth decade. We have been named the Number One Obscure Museum in America by Mashable. Founded by one of the original pioneers of holography, Jason Arthur Sapan, Holographic Studios is a leader in display holography.”
We were also shown how holograms get made, while being entertained with stories about Dr. Laser’s commercial clients over the years. In addition, Dr. Laser showed us a compilation video of his acting work; He’s had many bit parts in famous movies and TV shows since the late 70’s. Of note is his appearance in an MTV music video for the 80’s new wave band, A Flock of Seagulls. Dr. Laser claims he is the first actor to be credited on screen in a music video.
Readers of this diary (and of my book), know that I have been experimenting with a hologram-type magic effect for the Suitcase of Wonders show. It’s not really a hologram, of course, but the four-sided projection is an entertaining facsimile. Other instances of the word, “hologram” that have been used to describe media effects (Tupac performing on stage, for example) are also not the real thing - they are most likely a variation of the Pepper’s Ghost illusion from the 19th century. But make no mistake, Dr. Laser’s holograms are the real deal. Some of the more elaborate (and expensive) ones are deeply realistic three dimensional images. My son and I at first mistook them to be actual objects. These are fantastic, scientific works of art, and, like magic, best seen live, in person.
The tour of the Holographer’s Laboratory was a wonderful New York experience as well. Dr. Laser is a hidden treasure here in the city. Along with being an amazing scientist, artist, showman, teacher and actor, he is also a genuine New Yorker, as demonstrated by the several interruptions of his tour so he (rather, his wife) could feed the meter.