When Fan Yang gets his hands of soap water and a wand, the result isn’t child’s play.
This man’s bubbles are ones for the record books.
The internationally renowned artist racked up his 18th Guinness World Record Wednesday by encapsulating 181 people in a giant 50-metre long, four-metre high soap bubble at Vancouver’s Science World.
Screams of excitement followed gasps of astonishments from the volunteers as a giant bubble wall rose up and surrounded the volunteers before bursting in spectacular fashion.
The display, guided by Fang’s delicate hands at the control of a pulley system and six months of preparation, only lasted a few seconds but was enough to land him yet another triumphant world record.
“It was a huge challenge, I’m very excited,” said Yang. “This is such a huge bubble, really once in a lifetime. I had to prepare for six months because it’s such a unique system.”
Yang, whose family-run Gazillion Bubble Show has been a Broadway mainstay, says his feats evolved from a childhood obsession.
“In my childhood imagination, I was so passionate and fascinated with small, tiny bubbles. I always thought how beautiful it would be if I could make a big one and go inside,” he said. “After so many years thinking of the same dream, I was able to find the right mixture, the right solution, to make these big bubbles and have them last longer. It’s taken me 30 years to bring this kind of performance to stages around the world.”
An official Guinness representative was on hand to confirm the record.
“That is officially a Guinness World Record achievement,” said Freddie Hoff, who counted each volunteer as they stepped onto the stage and made sure they were all in the bubble. “The record was broken today with 181 people, the previous one was with 125 people.”
Yang and his family will be back in Vancouver for the Gazillion Bubble Show at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts Nov. 2, 3 and 4.
Fan Yang on trying giant bubbles at home:
“This is a very special bubble solution called Gazillion, it’s a trade secret. It has seven different kinds of non-toxic ingredients inside that gives it super elasticity and lets you make more bubbles from one single blow. I can give you a recipe that you can use anywhere. Mix dishwasher liquid, baking soda and glycerin with clear water. The bubble won’t be the same as the one I use, which is designed in a lab, but you can still make a good size bubble to do tricks.”