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HIJINKS '15 Mins of Fame' Party at Madame Tussauds

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Posing with Katy Perry at Hijinks '15min of Fame' Party

Red lights, cameras, action as I sashayed down the red carpet facing the gauntlet of paparazzi into Madame Tussauds for a night of fun. HIJINKS has once again taken over a popular venue and in association with The Festivalists, they have transformed what is normally a daytime tourist venue into a magical after hours party. Guests not only have a chance to pose next to their favourite celebrities and famous people, but enjoy interactive activities, 5 pop up bars, live performances and a chance to win a prize for the best fancy dress. I had put on my best party dress trying to imitate a combination of Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and Meg Ryan. I was relieved to see quite a few had also made the effort to don fancy dress.

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Red Carpet entrance posing with Lady Gaga

Madame Tussauds is a unique party destination. The room is filled with happy, excited guests posing with the incredibly real looking wax celebrities, snapping photos or play acting their dream 15 minutes of fame. At the box office you will receive a gold token which entitles you to a complimentary Wine, Little Creatures Beer or Stoli Vodka Cocktail. With drink in hand, you move through to the History and World Leaders section first, where you can sit down at Captain Cook's desk and debate the names he chose for Australia's coastline or try on Ned Kelly's armour.

Of course you won't be able to resist posing with the Prime Ministers. The World Leader room is very impressive - you will think they are real not wax!

Barrack Obama may need your assistance, so feel welcome to jump in and answer his phone or sit back in his chair.

You will love sitting on the throne for a pose with the Royals.

I was happy to see that I wasn't alone in dressing up, one's biggest fear in attending an event where they suggest fancy dress is that you will be the only one that makes the effort, leaving you standing out like a sore thumb.

Moving on from the World Leaders room to the Sports section. You can swing at the willow with cricket legends McGrath and Don Bradman or get feisty with Lleyton Hewitt.

Give Cathy Freeman a high five, pose with swimming legend Dawn Fraser or surfing champion Layne Beachley.

There are interactive games throughout. Try your luck with a game of Wii Tennis, test your reach or test your hand eye co-ordination with the Batak machine. You can even see if you can putt a hole in one with Greg Norman.

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Test your eye and hand coordination

There is so much to see and have fun with. Everyone is animated, enjoying the unique party atmosphere and of course taking lots of selfies with the wax figures. The party moves onto the Music Room where you can rub shoulders with your favourite musicians and singers.

A live stand up comedy act by Sam Kissajukian gets the crowd laughing, followed by the Katy Perry Show by Pickled Tink.

Plenty of opportunities for more photos, steal a kiss with Taylor Swift or strike a pose with Michael Jackson.

We then moved on to the history room which has panels and information on how much work is involved in making the wax figures. Quite a lengthy process starting with 250 measurements of the head and body for the sculptors along with 180 photos of every angle, using different lenses and light. Metal tubing and wire is made into the skeleton to support the clay body. 170 hours to mould the figure which is made from beeswax and Japanese wax. Lots of pouring of wax and waiting for it to set. 140 hours to insert each hair by hand, around 5 weeks to complete that part then it is washed, cut and styled. A further 50 hrs to colour the head, oil paints are then used on the face to build colour and realistic texture. Freckles, moles, tattoos are painstakingly reproduced. The eyes are matched and made with acrylic resin, every small detail is duplicated, which is why they look so incredibly real. Even the teeth are made from casts from the real people. The outfits are often originals donated or the figure stylists and researchers will recreate an exact copy. The whole process is studied and critiqued by the production head staff before it is installed into the venue for viewing.

In this section you can buy more drinks, a late night snack of wok fried noodles or a Pulled Pork Taco, then move on into the TV Studio and Film Room. Have a chat with Oprah, mingle with all your favourite iconic movie stars.

There are more interactive games, flying over Sydney in the year 2025 in 3D virtual reality, catch up with your Marvel Superheros and take a Spiderman selfie before moving onto the A-List Room where the latest Ryan Gosling figure is on show along with other famous movie stars. You can buy some more drinks or get a spot near the stage for the Beyonce dance lesson by Diesel Darling, Big Spenders Dancers will swivel thier hips and break out into song, Nick 'The King' Nicolas as Elvis and Decoda Secret will entertain you as Marilyn Monroe.

There was also the 'Best Celebrity outfit contest' and somehow I was included in the line up! It was all a bit of fun and made for a great night out.

The dancing girls from Big Spenders were fantastic and I was pleased to grab a pic of a couple of them before their show.

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Big Spenders Dancers

Of course, I just had to have a pose with the fabulous performer Decoda Secret and we aren't wax figures haha!

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Decoda Secret

The night was still young at 9pm, so quite a few were rocking on at the Deck Bar or one of the many great bars along Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour. I totally recommend you trying out the next Hijinks Sydney even which will be held on Friday 24 July this time at the Sydney Aquarium. The $25 per person entry fee includes a beer or vodka cocktail and what you can see a truly unique party experience.

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Why? Unique After Hours Party
When: 29th May 6.30pm - 9.30pm, next event Friday 24th July 2015 @ Sydney Aquarium
Phone: 02 9550 2266
Where: Madame Tussauds - Sydney Aquarium Building, Darling Harbour
Cost: $25 includes entry & one complimentary Beer or Vodka Cocktail
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I have tried a batak machine before. It is not as easy as it looks, especially spotting the ones in the bottom corners.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12174) 1330 days ago
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