World’s biggest bubble record broken to tie in with cinema release of new animated adventure Home
“There is something intrinsically amazing about bubbles”, so says Samsam Bubbleman, and he should know. While the most famous ‘bubblologist’ in Britain, if not the world, worked his magic under the gaze of the London Eye on Wednesday 18th March, children of all ages watched in awe as giant gossamer blobs floated across the sky. His attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest free floating soap bubble was inspired by the release of the latest DreamWorks animation, Home, in which an intrepid band of aliens, the Boov, attempt to conquer Earth. Their technology, as it happens, is based on bubbles, which explains why your intrepid Movies4Kids reporter is standing in the freezing cold watching a grown man wave a giant sized bubble wand about.
Joining Samsam in the park to cheer him on was a group of local school children while lovable Boov misfit, Oh, also made an appearance. Encouragement, however, is all well and good, but the serious art of bubble forming requires very particular conditions – the right humidity, the right force of wind blowing in the just right direction plus an almost zen-like sense of calm.
Although the Bubbleman has been honing his skills for the past 25 years – he already holds nine Guinness World records, plus a rather impressive three Blue Peter badges, for his soapy shenanigans – a month of intensive training was needed before this record breaking attempt so that he could comfortably wield the long poles used to produce his ephemeral art forms. “They’re very heavy. You need to build up your muscles so that you can carry them.” He says. “I’ve been practising in a park near me in north London.” The practise obviously paid off. Today’s attempt had to be at least 23 cubic metres, big enough to hold an adult gray whale, to bring his tally of world records to 10. He managed an impressive 23.3 cubic metres.
His enthusiasm is certainly infectious. It’s easy to see why royals, celebrities and everyone in between have been enthralled by his creations over the years. “People’s reactions to what I do, to bubbles in general, is amazing.” He says. “That always keeps me overjoyed. To see people smile. You can see in their eyes, they’ve had 20, 30, 40 years taken off them. They could be 10 again. People miss those days when they had less to worry about and treated life in a more open minded way.”
+The record breaking bubble beat the previous record set in Massachusetts in 2013 by over 2.5 cubic metres.
+At 23.3 cubic metres, it’s the size of two family cars.
+Samsam’s other records include Most People Inside A Bubble, and Largest Frozen Bubble.
+You can find out more about Samsam Bubbleman at www.bubbleinc.co.uk.
Home is released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 20th March 2015.
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