Dutch Domino Team Sets Record for 2019’s Largest Domino Event

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Dutch Domino Team Sets Record for 2019’s Largest Domino Event

On August 24, the Dutch Domino Team was back for another year, fresh off a successful crowdfunding campaign, ready for their annual event known simply as DDT. This year’s team was comprised of 13 professional domino builders, mostly from the Netherlands, but with one member from Israel, the team’s first international builder. The plan for 2019 was to go bigger and better than ever before; DDT 2019 was to consist of 350,000 dominoes, a record for the team, and the largest domino event of 2019.

In addition to this massive quantity of dominoes, the Dutch Domino Team was also trying an entirely revolutionary approach to a domino event: telling a story rather than simply having a theme. Team leader Pim Vriens said, “When we first started brainstorming ideas for this year during our event last year, we were thinking of maybe doing a theme like ‘Showbizz.’ Having some projects depicting musicals, some others depicting the fashion world, etc. Then it occurred to us that we could actually try to tell a story within that theme, of someone trying to make it in the industry. It opened so many doors, but required a completely different way of thinking.” The final story involved the “road to fame” of Emma Smith, a fictional singer. The domino projects took the viewer through her journey of discovery, fame, downfall, and recovery -  and ended with a “happily ever after” finale.

On the day of the falldown, things went just about as perfectly as a domino builder can hope for. A few minor mishaps did not stop the audience of 230 from loving the show, or the team from breaking their personal record with a total of 343,024 dominoes. Reflecting on the overall success of DDT 2019, Pim says, “it's amazing to see the interaction with the domino community during an event like this. Not only was there a lot of online interaction via our social media, but over 10 builders from Germany, Ireland and Belgium came to Veenendaal, Netherlands to watch the event. That's insane!” The H5 Domino Community was a proud sponsor this event, and we want to give a huge congratulations to the Dutch Domino Team on their successful falldown! It will be very exciting to see what they do next year!

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Reactica Team Builds Potentially World Record Breaking >500-Step Chain Reaction Machine

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Reactica Team Builds Potentially World Record Breaking >500-Step Chain Reaction Machine

For the 4th year in a row, professional domino artist Alex Huang organized a chain reaction event in his local community, and this year’s event was the most challenging undertaking yet: the Guinness World Record for Longest Rube Goldberg machine. This year’s team featured 6 of the best chain reaction artists from the United States and Canada, including Alex Berlaga (berlagawesome), Chase Blanchette (TheRGMGuy01), Lyle Broughton (jackofallspades98), Evan Voeltner (E VoltageRGMs), Joel Yantha (TheInvention11), and team leader Alex Huang (Flash Domino). From August 2nd-10th, the Reactica team was hard at work at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, spending their days building a >500-step chain reaction in an effort to break the existing record of 412 steps, currently held by Latvian company Scandiweb.

During the week of building, each of the 6 builders was tasked with filling two 3” x 8” tables (48 square feet per builder in total!) with his own chain reaction. In order to beat the world record, builders also had to construct at least 70 “steps” in their section, or an average of 12 steps per day. A “step” in a Rube Goldberg machine is best defined as a distinct transfer of energy from one object to another. By the end of the week, when all 12 tables were finished, the machine had over 500 steps -  well over the target of 420!

On August 10th, the big day, the team performed a live demonstration of the record-breaking machine to an audience of hundreds. As often happens, this complex machine did not work all the way through during the live demo, but the team was able to run 141 tests in total, over the course of two days. In fact, full tests began the day before the live demo, which was actually Take 32! Unfortunately, none of these 141 tests ran all the way through, but the longest test reached the 10th table (out of 12), which, even with the fail, still contained over 412 steps working continuously. 

Unfortunately, , Guinness’ rules require that the machine accomplish a “simple task” for the record attempt to count. The Reactica team still plans to submit their evidence and footage to Guinness, even though it’s very possible it will not be accepted as new Guinness World Record. Regardless, Alex and his team are still happy with the outcome, saying “even if Guinness doesn’t accept our submission, it doesn’t make an event like this any less worthy of it. We battled incredible odds and time constraints and still finished a machine reliable enough to consistently make it more than halfway through. I’m very proud of the team to say we made it that far.” 

The H5 Domino Community was a proud sponsor of this event, and we are thrilled to see the result of this massive chain reaction machine. Reactica has grown and improved significantly over the past few years, and we can’t wait to see what the team takes on next summer!

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Domino World Team Topples 35,000 Dominoes

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Domino World Team Topples 35,000 Dominoes

For the second straight year, Michigan-based domino artist Brady Dolan organized his own domino and chain reaction event called Domino World. event was held at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum from July 10th-17th. This year’s Domino World team featured 9 expert chain reaction and domino builders, Chase Blanchette (TheRGMGuy01), Lyle Broughton (jackofallspades98), Conrad Decker (Twig), Alex & Derek Koops (DaksDominos), Gabe Neise (Sirgabealot G), Ian Steiner (Lightning Domino), Joel Yantha (TheInvention11), and team leader Brady Dolan (bpdoles).

During the week of preparation, the Domino World 2019 team built an astounding domino setup with over 35,000 dominoes and 4 chain reaction machine sections. The team of 9 created a very ambitious project with a unique, compact style including some fairly risky tricks, and beautiful color combinations. The setup even featured a section to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. About 200 people watched the fall-down live on July 17th. Despite a few fails in the machine section, the entire domino section worked flawlessly. The team has truly mastered the art of the compact and complex domino building style. Congratulations to the team for another successful event!

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Wiedenbrücker Domino Team Topples over 100,000 Dominoes!

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Wiedenbrücker Domino Team Topples over 100,000 Dominoes!

From May 30th through June 1st, 2019, the Wiedenbrücker Domino Team (WDT) was busy setting up over 100,000 dominoes in a local gymnasium in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany. WDT consists of 7 professional German domino builders, who meet annually to organize a giant domino event. This is the eighth straight year that the builders have held this event, but this one was bigger and better than ever before. The builders were aiming for a grand total of 105,501 dominoes, an effort that would successfully break the team’s previous record of 87,197, which was set at last year’s WDT event. By the time the falldown on June 2nd rolled around, the builders had exceeded their expectations and set up a total of 108,982 dominoes!

Each year, the team’s domino event has a theme, an overarching idea that each domino project is based upon. This year, the theme was The Life in Domino. As the falldown progressed, the domino projects depicted situations sequentially from birth, childhood, adulthood, and finally, death. By the end, the falldown was a perfect success, with no fails or breaks along the way. According to WDT, 108,851 out of 108,982 dominoes toppled, resulting in a new record for the team, and a target to beat next year!

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Hevesh5 launches new H5 Domino Community channel!

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Hevesh5 launches new H5 Domino Community channel!

Over the years I’ve noticed there are two main groups of people who watch my videos. Of course there are those who enjoy the satisfying nature of dominoes falling, but there is also a significant number of people who are interested in the process of domino art, and who want videos that go really in-depth about the intricacies of domino art.

The idea is that this will be the channel made FOR the domino builders where people can interact with other domino builders around the world, learn from other builders' experiences, share ideas, new tricks, different ways of building, and thoughts/topics related to dominoes. It's kind of like the channel that I wish had existed when I first started building dominoes. I really want to invite the community to be a part of the channel and make it a centralized place for the inner domino community to connect. Through this channel, I hope that it can spread awareness of domino art, encourage builders to actively get involved in the domino community, create friendships and spur new domino clubs/events, and inspire kids to take on this awesome hobby :)

On the new channel, we will be starting a few series including featured builders, domino challenges, Q&A’s, community videos, as well as the typical Hevesh5 behind the scenes videos. So if this sounds like something you would be interested in being a part in, subscribe to the H5 Domino Community by clicking the button below!

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Dutch Domino Team announces 2019 event with 350,000 dominoes!

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Dutch Domino Team announces 2019 event with 350,000 dominoes!

Dutch Domino Team is a team of 8 talented domino builders from the Netherlands. The team recently announced on their YouTube channel, DutchDominoTeam, that they are planning a 2019 event with 350,000 dominoes, with the theme “Road to Fame: Emma’s Story.”

According to the YouTube description, the domino event will be about “a fictional character, Emma Smith, who would love to have a singing career. She goes viral with a video of her singing at a marketplace, and after winning a talent show, her popularity is higher than ever before. She moves to America, gets a contract there and scores number one hit after number one hit. By the time she’s 21, she has become a fully-fledged pop star. Everyone has heard of her! She throws a massive birthday party, not knowing that from that day her luck is about to turn against her…”

Dutch Domino Team plans to beat the Netherlands Domino Record, which the team also set only a year ago during DDT 2018. This national record currently stands at 222,222 dominoes, but hopefully for not much longer!

You can watch the official trailer (which includes 100,00 dominoes!) below:

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