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Fig 1.1: Artistic depiction of SCP-XXXX-A (charcoal on paper; 1975).

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures:

Description: SCP-XXXX is a mass delusion in which affected subjects perceive non-existent entities (instances of SCP-XXXX-A). This effect extends across various types of media, including (but not limited to) cinema, radio, television, photography, and music.

The appearance and actions of SCP-XXXX-A instances are perceived consistently across all affected subjects. Events that would contradict their existence (such as a door they open and step through remaining, in actuality, closed) are ignored or otherwise retroactively justified.

SCP-XXXX-1 is the first known instance of SCP-XXXX-A. According to historical accounts, SCP-XXXX-1 was an American architect by the name of Edmund Bacon; he was born in West Philadelphia on May 2nd, 1910,1 and served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970. After his retirement, he remained active in civil service up until his death (in 2005). SCP-XXXX-2 through -22 are his 21 alleged descendants (children and grandchildren).

SCP-XXXX-A is a fictitious American performer named Kevin Bacon. According to accounts provided by affected subjects, Mr. Bacon was born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1958.2 He is described as being married with two children, and has had an extensive career spanning numerous musical albums, concerts, television appearances, and dozens of films (at least three of which he himself has allegedly directed). SCP-XXXX-B and SCP-XXXX-C are SCP-XXXX-A's children, both of whom

SCP-XXXX-B is any media which reportedly features SCP-XXXX-A. When consuming this media, persons unfamiliar with SCP-XXXX-A will not perceive him or his work in any form. However, once a subject is made aware of SCP-XXXX-A's alleged existence (either verbally or via an artistic depiction), they will retroactively recall SCP-XXXX-A in a work even after having failed to notice him prior.

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