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Thrill-Seekers Thrive on the Scary

Exploring the 'dark side' may be a psychological need that's met when the scare is actually over.

The Ultimate Fear Experience continued...

As of late October (2002), about three dozen people had paid for the thrill of being grabbed at a bus stop or the shopping mall, or even from their own bedroom, thrown into the back seat of a car, blindfolded, driven to a warehouse, stripped down to their underwear, and slapped around a little. It's everything a masochist could ever want.

"This company apparently conducts a 'pre-interview,' finds out what your fears are, and then plays into them," says Farley. "I view this as a very decadent indulgence. It's violent and very scary, but people do it voluntarily."

And a designer-kidnapping business may be coming to a town near you. The young artist-turned-entrepreneur who started this enterprise is contemplating opening up similar dare-to-be-scared operations in other parts of the country.

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