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Customers make their getaway from the gorilla show, where Princess Alena changes from a “pretty girl in a leopard-skin bikini to a fearsome gorilla right before the spectators’ eyes.” explains Bob Belles of the Spookarama. “‘This is one of the oldest illusions in the world,’ Mr. Belles says. ‘We call it the Galatea effect — a statue coming to life.’” July 6, 1970. Photo: William Sauro/The New York Times
Customers make their getaway from the gorilla show, where Princess Alena changes from a “pretty girl in a leopard-skin bikini to a fearsome gorilla right before the spectators’ eyes.” explains Bob Belles of the Spookarama. “‘This is one of the oldest illusions in the world,’ Mr. Belles says. ‘We call it the Galatea effect — a statue coming to life.’” July 6, 1970. Photo: William Sauro/The New York Times

Customers make their getaway from the gorilla show, where Princess Alena changes from a “pretty girl in a leopard-skin bikini to a fearsome gorilla right before the spectators’ eyes.” explains Bob Belles of the Spookarama. “‘This is one of the oldest illusions in the world,’ Mr. Belles says. ‘We call it the Galatea effect — a statue coming to life.’” July 6, 1970. Photo: William Sauro/The New York Times

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