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I understand how Geordi's visor works in universe, but what about out of universe? How does Levar Burton see with that contraption covering his eyes?

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    The answer can be found in the theme song to Reading Rainbow: "I can do anything; Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow." The visor beams a Reading Rainbow directly into his brain, which allows him to do anything. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Sep 12 '15 at 19:02
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    @WadCheber: Some comments are just so bad people should automatically lose rep for even considering posting them. Like that one. – Tango Sep 12 '15 at 19:04
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    @Tango - Flagged for doubting the power of the reading rainbow. Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Sep 12 '15 at 19:06
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    @WadCheber No man should have power like that!. – Sarah G Sep 13 '15 at 3:22
  • Just reading your title, I thought you were asking how Geordi's visor actually worked out of universe, and I was thinking, "It doesn't! It's just a prop!" – user11521 Sep 13 '15 at 5:23
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It's a grid. You can see through the gaps.

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And if you scroll along to 1:40 in this "making of" video from StarTrek.com, you can see what the view is like from the inside:

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That being said, Levar Burton said it wasn't easy:

AVC: Even with the visor being hard to see through?

LB: Yes, the visor was really hard to see through, but guess what? It made me a better actor. Trying to communicate with people without them being able to see your eyes is not easy, I learned.

  • Great answer. I can't tell there are gaps in it while watching the show. I guess that's the power of standard def television. – Whovian4Life Sep 12 '15 at 23:06
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The VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement) was actually modeled after a hair barrette. I remember hearing one person say it was actually molded directly from a barrette and slightly modified.

It's not solid, it has vertical bars that Levar Burton could see through:

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    +1 for defining the acronym. I always wondered why it was written all upper case in the closed captions. – Organic Marble Sep 13 '15 at 1:12

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