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Man holds world record, 150 people inside massive bubble

April 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
They were going for a record at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana on Monday.

Try to imagine a giant bubble. And then imagine filling that bubble with more than a hundred people. Fan Yang has turned his childhood passion into an art form.

His performances during the Discovery Science Center's "Bubblefest" demonstrated the science and creativity that goes into making bubbles of all shapes and sizes.

"I was always imagining how beautiful it would be if I could make a big bubble and be inside," said Yang. "But I never thought that I will one day, I would bring this to stages around the world."

Yang is going for a Guinness World Record, attempting to put 150 people inside one massive bubble. Dozens of children and adults gathered to help him go for the record.

"Bubble film is so massive," said Yang. "It's so big that small mistakes can make entire systems collapse. So because of the fiber nature of the bubble, bubble film, if it touches any direct surface area it's going to explode, actually pop."

Yang made three attempts and succeeded at each one. He now holds the new Guinness World Record for the most people in a bubble. It's a thrill that made the bubble volunteers burst with excitement.

"I was inside and it was breaking," said bubble participant Johnathan Costello. "Bubbles were everywhere."

"That was awesome, it was really really fun," said bubble participant Lois McGuinness. "It was exciting. It's been a dream of my daughters and my sons for quite some time and our last name is McGuiness, so it's almost fitting."

"We all equally enjoy this natural phenomenon," said Yang. "It affects their lives, it's just beautiful."