The most remarkable trick at this year's Grammy Awards was not the dress that held Mariah Carey's chest in check but the appearance of virtual band Gorillaz performing “live” on stage with Madonna. Any theatre rat would recognize the performance as an elaborate, 21st century take on Pepper's Ghost, the theatrical illusion in which an image or an actor offstage is illuminated so that the light waves bounce off a reflective material placed at a strategic angle onto an onstage screen, creating ...

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