Colonial Arrangements by Yinka Shonibare

May 1 was a big day for me, as a new illusion and a new method, both of my creation, debuted as part of the installation Colonial Arrangements at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, by artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Yinka's people contacted me a few months ago with the aim of creating the illusion of a ghost in their exhibit at the mansion, using a Victorian method that sadly, wouldn't have worked in the space without doing significant harm to the building, which once served as George Washington's headquarters for the revolution in New York, and as the home of the third Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, who famously shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel. The ghost that purportedly haunts the house is that of Eliza Jumel, its most famous resident, and the wife of Aaron Burr.  While I wasn't able to be at the opening of the show due to obligations out of New York City, I recommend you get up to the museum between today and the end of August 2015, when the show closes.