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Londoners fear Victorian Surprise
If you’re anywhere near central London over the next week you may notice two life-sized Victorian dolls wandering around freaking out commuters – and probably petrifying the elderly.
The two 10-year-old sisters have been spotted causing a scene in various locations across the capital, including Charing Cross Tube Station, Oxford Street, Regent’s Street and Hamleys.
They’ve been pushing around an empty antique pram and playing with an assortment or toys dressed in period costumes reminiscent of The Grady sisters from Stephen King’s The Shining.
Commuters have taken to Twitter to express their fears.
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The chilling figures form part of a week-long marketing ploy by illusionist Derren Brown for his forthcoming, psychological attraction at Thorpe Park.
Tailors spent three weeks creating the white Victorian outfits; accompanied by deadpan doll masks which hide the identity of the two young sisters.
Derren said: ”The theme of Victoriana is ever present in my work. [The dolls] are just a taster of what my new attraction has in store for visitors to Thorpe Park next Spring.”
Thorpe Park gave hints towards the arrival of the attraction back in October, and in an effort to end speculation about the ‘ride’ some enthusiasts tried hacking the resorts social media account to uncover more details. Derren said:
“I believe we are moving toward a future where theme park attractions not only give you a physical experience but also play with your mind and the concept of what is real.”
The company have revealed that the attraction will encompass 2,306 square metres, involve a team of over 1,000 specialists from – what Thorpe Park say is – their ‘Magic Making Creative Department’ and external experts for the 13-minute unique journey.
Find out more here: www.mindswanted.co.uk