May 2007. I was wading through my old New York photos when a question suddenly hit me like a well-fired arrow: Did I go to Madame Tussauds?!? With the grisly evidence staring me right in the face it was obviously a rhetorical question, though one that nevertheless spawned a much more pertinent query: WHY? Well, let’s start with the fact that at 29 years old I still had that wide-eyed youthful bounce, especially since S and I were on the holiday of our lives and had just gotten engaged with my proposal on top of The Empire State Building. Secondly, we hadn’t actually planned to seeMadame Tussauds but rather stumbled upon it as we passed through 42nd street on the way to Times Square. Then it was a case of hmm, shall we?, a thought that S answered with a resounding “yes!” upon discovering entry was free with our New York Pass booklets. Ok that’s enough explaining I think, forgive me father for I have sinned etc.
May 2007. As far as I know this was my second Madame Tussauds experience, as I’m pretty sure my dad took me to the original London museum back when I was a kid. The New York branch opened in 2000 and at the time of my visit it had about one hundred figures spread out across five floors. It was cool to meet Samuel L. Jackson, who was muttering something about “having had it with these mother**cking snakes on this mother**cking plane”.
May 2007. I also bumped into Paris Hilton who was being more than a little flirty. I had no desire whatsoever to pose with her, but S insisted. In the end this was the best I could do.
May 2007. Muhammad Ali is the most legendary sportsman to be featured, though dig around and you’ll also find footballer Lionel Messi, former baseball player Derek Jeter and basketball star Carmelo Anthony.
May 2007. It’s always a pleasure to chat with Whoopi Goldberg. Her accompanying plaque waxed lyrical about her contributions to stand up comedy, along with classic movies like The Color Purple and Ghost. Which is all very well but as I’m telling her here, I’ve always had a soft spot for the scandalously underappreciated Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Screw all those bad reviews.
I don’t recall my Madame Tussauds visit being about anything other than the waxworks, but a look on their website today shows all kinds of interactive attractions including The Marvel Experience, The Ghostbusters Experience and an amazing looking 7D multi sensory zombie show called Mission: Undead. For more info check out their website: https://www.madametussauds.com/new-york/en/
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