The Idol Boogie of Tussauds


Sometimes I think that we Americans have the impression that our fascination with celebrities is a relatively new thing. Some youngsters out there may believe that Kim Kardashian herself invented the concept of seeing celebrities as simultaneously human and botoxed demigod. But, nope, the fact is we humans have been idol-prone for a very, very long time.

Madame Tussaud’s wax museums are but one tiny piece of evidence to that fact. You’ve heard of them, right? The museums that display life-sized, believable wax renditions of famous people? Marie Tussaud opened her first showcase of the waxy well-known (featuring sculptures of Voltaire, Ben Franklin and the like) in London around 1835, and the business has been flaming along like a wax candle ever since.

But hey, this is the high-tech future. So along with all those mannequins of the famous, the Tokyo branch of Tussaud’s is offering visitors something fresh: Holograms!

How does that work, you ask? Well, after a quick 3-D scan of your lovely mug, you can choose your setting and watch yourself dance with today’s stars. You can waltz and disco with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, Beyoncé, Marilyn Monroe and several other members of the spotlight fodder club.

Now, to be honest, the above video of digitalized fans boogying with their Hollywood crushes doesn’t necessarily look all that realistic. Sorta like a bad videogame graphic if you ask me. But, hey, who am I to judge those who get a certain thrill seeing “themselves” in the arms of a decked-out Leo?

Oh, and if the new attraction gets a good response from visitors, the franchise’s Tokyo general manager, Toshi Endo, said the 3-D dancefloors will be spreading to other Tussaud museums around the globe. Rumor has it that virtual dancing shoes will go on sale soon.

Who wrote this?

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

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