Evolution of Dance Guy Mysteriously Vanishes in an Explosion

… and when the smoke cleared Judson Laipply was gone.

[youtube width=”560″ height=”340″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRk_qGbGVFE[/youtube]

Oh, you want the rest of the story? I first met Judson over the summer while we were both booked to speak at the same conference. When he mentioned he was coming out to Colorado in August, we made plans to get together. I got a text message from Judson that said, “Hey… do you want to do a video when I come out?” Given the well-known fact that I’m no dancer, you can imagine my apprehension about doing a video. Fast-forward to the day he stopped by to say hi and to check out our offices. When we toured our lab (some call it the playroom), I asked Judson, “Have you ever danced when explosions were going off next to you?” The answer turned into the video… let’s do it!

While Judson ran out to the car to grab his Orange Crush t-shirt, I pulled together a few science demos that I thought could be interesting… and not kill the dancer. I should mention that Judson was passing through Denver on his way to a gig in Wyoming – that’s why he had the t-shirt and music in his car. We only had enough liquid nitrogen to do one take, so that’s what happened. We set out the demos, listened to the music a few times and did it. So, if Judson looks surprised when the flames shot out of the bottle or the big ball of fire appeared or he was hit with the fire extinguisher… he was.

Thanks to Judson Laipply for stopping by and helping me make a huge mess.

Best way to mix the flammable liquid

Best way to mix the flammable liquid

Fire extinguisher takes out the ink stain

Fire extinguisher takes out the ink stain

Judson says, "Nobody said anything about fire!"

Judson says, “Nobody said anything about fire!”

... but he makes a mess

… but he makes a mess

Steve's not a dancer

Steve’s not a dancer

Wondering if this is a good idea

Wondering if this is a good idea


4 replies
  1. Tana Davis
    Tana Davis says:

    Hi, my teacher is a big fan of yours. You may remember him from your dallas workshop. His name is Greg Lovelis. He talks about you all the time and we also do some of your projects. You are really COOL.

  2. Lauren Williamson
    Lauren Williamson says:

    Hi I am a really big fan and so is my teacher Greg Lovelis. you might remember him from your Dallas Workshop.You are the awesomest person ever!! We always do your experiments!!~~!! I like that you made that guy disapear!`!~!~! We all want you to come to our school.


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