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Blue Man Group’s enduring appeal hinges on its mystery. However, recently departed Blue Man Isaac Eddy, who acted with the troupe for 12 years, shed a little light on their motivations in a fascinating conversation with Atlas Obscura. Although he doesn’t reveal all of the group’s secrets—the gory details of the makeup rigmarole, the show’s story line, and select stage tricks remain under wraps—the interview is enlightening: Eddy discusses day-to-day Blue Man life, the philosophy behind his performance, audience interactions, and why he decided to leave the stage for academia. Read the entire interview here.

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