Gazillion Bubble Show's Fan Yang scores 18th world record in Vancouver
And you all thought blowing bubbles was kid stuff...
Today, Fan Yang, who brings his bubble spectacular Gazillion Bubble Show here in November, set a new Guinness World Record at Science World: to the sounds of thumping dance music, he and his family encapsulated 181 thrilled people in a bubble.
The previous record was 125.
"You're gonna have an urge to reach out and touch that bubble. Resist that urge," a voice over a loudspeaker warned the crowd, who stood on platforms in one of the facility's exhibition halls.
The world record is Yang's 18th, but he told the Straight it never gets old: "It always gets harder; you are always having to do more."
The Toronto-based artist also gave the crowd a preview of the Gazillion Bubble Show that comes to the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on November 2 to 4. A wild mix of science, art, and circus, it involves endless tricks with bubbles mixed with music and laser light shows.
The preview found Yang's son, Deni, swishing giant, serpentine bubbles through the air; his daughter Melody building elaborate sculptures out of her jiggly subject matter; and Yang himself performing elaborate stunts that included inserting bubbles into each other and reaching into the bubbles to pull them out.
Here's a brief look at the record-making attempt, which involved a large wood and rope structure around the participants.