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Q: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
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Subject: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect
Category: Sports and Recreation > Toys
Asked by: silentsalamander-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 24 Jun 2002 01:08 PDT
Expires: 01 Jul 2002 01:08 PDT
Question ID: 32234
I'm looking for information about large-scale domino rallies like the
ones sometimes featured in the Guinness Book of Records. I'm not
talking about the game of dominoes - I'm talking about events in which
thousands or tens of thousands of dominoes are set up and then knocked
down. Also, I'm not talking about the board game/toy "Domino Rally".

I would like to expose myself to the Domino culture and see where and
when events are taking place around the world. Also, videos of domino
events would be great - as well as anything else relevant to these
events.
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Subject: Re: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect
Answered By: till-ga on 24 Jun 2002 02:58 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
 
This domino rally thing is really a fascinating event. 
There are two important groups of people involved in domino rallies in
the word. One is Chinese and the other one is Dutch.
RTL Television here in Germany showed the last world record event (of
the Dutch group) which was reached by the team of the dutch Robin Paul
Weijers in november 2001. They reached 3.540.562 million of domino
bricks to fall. I saw the event on TV and must admit that it has been
one of the most existing shows Ive ever seen.
Kylie Minogue started the chain reaction by dropping the fist piece. 
The following link is the most important page about the event. The
pages are in german but Im sure that youll be able to follow. Youll
find a lot of photographs of the event, background info, an online
domino-rally game
and a lot more.
In case you wont be able to follow the texts please post a
clarification request and Ill translate the most important passages
for you.

RTL Televison Germany – most important page about the event:
( http://www.rtl.de/rtlworld.html?page=http://www.rtl.de/quiz/dominoday.html&banner=/world/shows/domino_day&Color=150050
)

This event has been broadcast (not live)  in the US as well. 
Endemol press release:
( http://www.endemol.com/press_services/press_releases_news_articl.jsp?record=152
)

Members of the domino day  2001 team have a homepage with some photos
and a newspaper article:
(http://tinaholewinski.tripod.com/domino_day.htm )

The boss of the dutch team who is a fanatic in the domino-rally
business has an interesting page were he gives some details. You will
find the following list of past and future event there:

“ 27 December 1986 KLM Domino World Record Lisse - Holland set:
1.250.000 toppled: 755.836
2 January 1988 Europe in Domino Rosmalen - Holland set: 1.500.000
toppled: 1.382.101
28 August 1998 Domino D-Day; Visionland Leeuwarden - Holland set:
2.200.000 toppled: 1.605.757
5 November 1999 Domino Day 1999; Europa ohne Grenzen Zuidlaren -
Holland set: 2.500.000 toppled: 2.472.480
31 December 1999 China & Japan Beijing - China set: unknown toppled:
2.751.518
3 November 2000 Domino Day 2000; Reaction Zuidlaren - Holland set:
3.112.000 toppled: 2.977.678
31 December 2000 China & Japan & South Korea Beijing - China set:
3.500.000 toppled: 3.407.535
16 November 2001 Domino Day 2001; Bridging the world MECC Maastricht -
Holland set: 3.750.000 toppled: 3.540.562
15 November 2002 Domino Day 2002 FEC Leeuwarden – Holland”

from: Weijers Domino Productions b.v:
( http://www.dominopr.nl/index1.htm )
You can contact Mr. Weijers by mail by visiting this page.

ABC movies has an interesting article with focus on the american
participants in the last world record:
ABC Movies
( http://abc.abcnews.go.com/primetime/specials/domino_day.html )

Unfortunately I could not find sources for a video of one of the
events. You know that all these shows are copyrighted and that could
be the reason why no videos are available. You could have a try at
ebay.com and maybe find somebody who could give you a copy.
I found an offer at ebay.com which could be intersting for you. They
sell a rare promo video about the last world record event there.
(Auction ends in about 2 days so you should hurry up)
Ebay.com page:
( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1545151610 )
Well I hope that these pages and hints give you an impression whats
it all about. By the way: its rather difficult to find information
about the chinese group involved in the domino business.

till-ga

Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 25 Jun 2002 08:09 PDT
I just realiseed that Ive forgotten to explanin my search strategy:
I knew about that the event was boradcast by RTL Televison so I just
had a look at their page to find the most important link.
Besides I used:
( ://www.google.de/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=de&q=domino+day+ )

till-ga
silentsalamander-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks. This was really informative.

Comments  
Subject: Re: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect
From: pattisw-ga on 24 Jun 2002 03:14 PDT
 
Another hopefully helpful site    http://www.dominotoppling.com
Subject: Re: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect
From: saxonia-ga on 14 Nov 2002 09:06 PST
 
Update:
(1) The next world record attempt will take place on Friday, 15 Nov
2002,
see http://www.rtl.de/rtlworld.html?page=http://www.rtl.de/quiz/dominoday.html&Color=5D0099

(2) Weijers' team has a new web site: http://www.dominopr.nl

By the way: I have all Domino Days events so far on VHS video.
Subject: Re: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect
From: saxonia-ga on 13 Oct 2004 00:36 PDT
 
A new web page with the history of the record can be found at:
http://www.recordholders.org/de/records/domino-toppling.html
Subject: Re: The art and culture of Dominos / Domino Effect
From: orwell-ga on 28 Nov 2004 22:19 PST
 
I'd just like to add a quick comment to say that in all my efforts to
find out more about domino toppling (i'm an absolute fan) this is by
far the most comprehensive information I've found. Saxonia do you ever
let anyone see the Domino Days? Here's hoping!

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