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In Patchogue, ‘Mr. Mummy’ will explain our Ancient Egypt fascination

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For decades, school children across the country were taught that modern man has never been able to replicate the Ancient Egyptians’ method of mummifying a body.

Today, they’re taught differently.

That’s because Bob Brier cracked the case in 1995.

“I’m the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver,” said Brier, a senior research fellow at LIU Post and a renowned mummy expert and Egyptologist. “And now, 20 years later, it’s still in perfect condition, so it looks like I did it right.”

Brier has also written books and was featured on mummy-related TV shows on The Learning Channel and National Geographic.

He’s given countless lectures on his research to other experts and college students.

Now, for the first time ever, he will be taking his life’s knowledge to the stage at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, to give an iinteractive presentation to the general public.

The show, “Mr. Mummy Presents Egytomania” kicks off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

“It’s for all ages. It’s not geared toward kids, but it’s absolutely fine for the kids,” he said. “People are always worried about poor little Irving, but actually kids are much better with mummies than adults.”

The show will explore the topic of his latest book, Egyptomania, which is: Why the obsession with Ancient Egypt?

“Greece doesn’t seem to do it for people. The Maya don’t do it,” Brier says. “So I try to explain the world’s fascination with Egypt. And some of the things we’re fascinated with are mummies, because it’s like cheating death. Here we are 3,000 years later and this person still looks exactly the same.”

Brier will also be packing some props, such as a mummy arm, and other visuals, and will be answering questions from the crowd. Click here for tickets.

mike@greaterpatchogue.com

Top photo: Bob Brier in a crypt beneath the Chapel of the Medici in Florence, Italy. (courtesy)

About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com