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YouTuber Thomas Rengstorff the creator of the “Ayuwoki” to Speak to Riverside Robotics Group

Riverside, Ca – The Riverside Robotics Society has announced that Thomas Rengstorff (YouTuber “thomasrengstorff“, book author and the creator of the original viral “Ayuwoki” YouTube video, will present a lecture to its membership on Saturday, October 19, 2015. He will be bringing a full-scale “Ayuwoki” animatronic robot as well.

The event starts at 10:15 a.m. with the main lecture beginning close to 10:30 a.m.  The event is free to the public, but registration is requested via

Rengstorff’s lecture will focus on his video of the “Ayuwoki”, the video, the robot, and the colorful story behind his video.  The Ayuwoki is an animatronic figure and the subject of the “creepypasta” Ayuwoki meme. The original Ayuwoki YouTube video was posted in July 2009, shortly after Michael Jackson died at the age of 50.

With the advent of the “Ayuwoki” meme, Rengstorff’s video quickly surpassed 2 million views and the Ayuwoki itself, as a nightmarish creature, has taken on a life of its own. One can find it as a YouTube challenge (if a child doesn’t fall asleep before 3:00 in the morning the ghoulish Michael Jackson doppelganger will appear in a his home with a spine-chilling “Hee-hee.”) , a game, a TV trope, and much more. It has been the subject of countless news stories and YouTube reviews. It is the next in a succession of “creepypasta” videos that include Slenderman and Momo.

In addition to being a YouTuber, Rengstorff is an author of a number of books within the horror genre. Rengstorff has been writing for more than 15 years. His macabre stories can be found on

“The Riverside Robotics Society is honored to have Thomas Rengstorff give a lecture and demonstration on the Ayuwoki,” said Thomas Messerschmidt, President of The Riverside Robotics Society. “His story about the Ayuwoki meme and the Ayuwoki robot itself will surely add a bit of pre-Halloween fright to the air.”

Riverside Robotics Society is a group of hobbyists that meet once per month at the Orange Terrace Library on Orange Terrace Parkway in Southern California, to share their knowledge, insight and interest in robotics.

For more information visit or contact Thomas Messrschmidt at ThomasMesserschmidt at

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