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3D Hologram Lets Ryder Cup Namesake Serve as Emcee

PLSN Staff • News • November 12, 2008

LOUISVILLE, KY — Samuel Ryder may have died in 1936, but that didn’t keep his projected 3D likeness from serving as emcee for the recently held Ryder Cup Gala. Using the Musion Eyeliner hologram from Digital Illusions LLC, Ryder was able to walk, talk, and play golf like he did nearly 100 years ago. NMR, a nationwide staging and technology rental company, was responsible for the creative concept, set design, and audio-visual technology. NMR used Barco HD-18s driven by Grass Valley Turbo iDDR’s to create the “Pepper’s Ghost” illusion, engineered by Larry Lenoff. LD Dave Schultz used a High End Systems Wholehog III to control over 400 conventional, moving and LED fixtures for the event.

“This was a unique and creative way to present the history of the Ryder Cup,” said Ed Conrad, NMR’s director of staging operations, who also served as the show’s producer and technical director. “This was a very complex show to pull off with this element being the showcase, and our team pulled it off flawlessly.”

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