ghost glide



  • In the 19th-century, a trap used to create the illusionof a ghost rising from the stage floor and drifting across it. Anactor would stand on a wheeled platform, which was pulled along aninclined cut in the stage floor; as the truck ascended, the actorwould glide into view. A refinement known as the Corsican trapwas introduced in Boucicault's The Corsican Brothers (1852).This involved covering the trap with scruto, which wouldslide away as the truck moved through and then close again behindit.