In the previous post, I mentioned that no ghosts in the HM are visible to the eye until you get to the Séance circle, where Madame Leota apparently helps them get their mojo on, and they materialize. Just for kicks and giggles, which ghost is the first to do so? After all, if our earlier analysis is correct, this is a thematically significant point in the show, and the first visible manifestation of a ghostly form should be a point of interest. Until 2001, it was an easy question to decide who was first. Now, not so much.
In the original 1969 Séance circle there were only three visible ghosts. There was Mdm L herself, there was the greenish ectoplasmic ball floating around above the doorway by which you enter the room, and there was the one I call Purply Shroud, for want of a better name. The Madame is still there, of course, and so is the ectoplasmic ball, although at DL they introduced some eerie faces into its ectoplasmic trails a few years back. Since Mdm L obviously doesn't count as one of the ghosts having trouble getting through, and since the ectoplasmic ball is only marginally classifiable as a visible ghost (at least it was until it started making faces at us), it follows that Purply was the first to unambiguously assume a visible ghostly form. But he's gone, and I'm surprised at the number of longtime HM fans and ordinary Disneylanders who don't remember him at all. I always liked him.
He looks like the picture above, a shrouded figure similar to the one in the crypt in the graveyard, just before the opera couple. Both these effects are produced by a fan blowing on a piece of silk upon which the figure is painted in fluorescent paint. In regular light they look white, but under black lighting they glow. In the Séance circle it glowed as a deep, dark purple.
He's also in this 1999 video, above the couple in the doombuggy and to our left:
They took Purply down for the first "Nightmare Before Christmas" overlay in 2001 and as far as I know never put him back up. For those who dislike the NBC overlay (aka HMH), this is one more reason to nurture your resentment. It's kind of shabby treatment for the first ghost with the savvy to take advantage of Madame Leota's administrations. *bangs fist on table* It's a dirty rotten shame, that's what it is.