Nick Gray, a 27 year old that runs the marketing for his family's flight display tech company, has been hosting monthly "tea parties" every first Thursday of the month for the NYC Media hipsters. Gray wants to "test out some thoughts on group dynamics" and create "deeper connections" between strangers. Do not go to these. It is actually a cult...
These pictures take you behind the scenes of the cult's most recent initiation ceremony from last night. Look through them, warn your friends, and don't let it happen to you.
Other things inductees were instructed to leave at the door: Cellphones, wallets, and any other clues to their former identities.
Upon arrival, the assembled inductees stand awkwardly in the room, awaiting instruction. Jakob Lodwick, in the foreground, is clearly a Phase II inductee, evidenced by the fact that he's already shaved his head.
Finally, the ceremony begins, with:
Similar to the dances done by 19th century Shakers, the cult-members believe that dancing around will bring them closer to The Great Being that is currently arriving on a comet, and will usher in an age of NEW New Media.
Then, the most troubling part of the ceremony begins. Veteran cult-members start chanting, grabbing each others arms, and instructing the befuddled, drugged inductees to fall into their arms and physically embrace their new lives and communal identities as cult-members:
Once new members perform the plunge, they are swiftly carried into the bowels of the compound, where their physical transformation is completed. The next time you see this lovely young girl, she will look like this:
IF YOU RECOGNIZE "KRISTEN", "MICHAEL", OR ANY OF THE OTHER INDUCTEES, CONTACT THEM, REMIND THEM OF THE LOVED ONES THEY'VE LEFT BEHIND. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
[All photos via NICK McGLYNN, who bravely risked his life to take these undercover pictures].