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James Hird - 'Off the Bench'

Former Essendon football champion James HirdThe National Sports Museum has unveiled a new theatrical experience that brings former champion Essendon footballer James Hird to life in 3D. 

This major new attraction – a permanent addition to the museum - will bring one of Australia’s best-loved sportsmen face-to-face with his audience, discussing the highs and lows, setbacks and triumphs of his sporting life. 

In ‘Off the Bench’, James Hird takes the audience through some of the finest and more difficult moments of his sporting career. 

Using the latest in simulated hologram technology, audiences will feel they are actually in the room.

Hird offers an emotional and moving account of his life as a player and captain of Essendon as he stands in front of the bench at the end of the 2007 home and away season facing retirement. 

HOW IT WORKS
In this 3D environment, Hird interacts with the set as he moves around the space – James looks and feels like he is actually there!

Technology used in this new permanent attraction draws on a 19th century technique known as ‘peppers-ghost’ where an illusion is created by vision and light being refracted from a hidden source onto a pane of angled glass, leaving the visitor seeing a semi-transparent version of the subject. 

The age-old technique has been modernised using the latest high-definition film and sound technology. 

As a result, visitors to the National Sports Museum can come face-to-face with one of Australian sport's most important players – and gain an insight into the moments that shaped his career.

Entry is included in general museum admission prices. 

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