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Thumbs Up for Science!

There is an awesome band called ArcAttack that plays music using two giant tesla coils. They let me lick one of the coils while I was in my red shirt for one of my many deaths. When I asked, I promised not to really lick it, but he said go ahead if I wanted to - it was coated with something protective so I wouldn't damage it and as Monkeys pointed out it had to be pretty clean.

Anyway, they played at the Mad Scientist Ball again this year and IT WAS A BLAST. This year they set up some cage thing between the coils and in-between songs the would pull people out of the audience (usually attractive and scantily clad females, but not always) and lock them up to dance in the box. I wish someone had posted a picture of them getting Dr. Satan (from some horror movie) in the box. I haven't House of a 1000 Corpses to know who he was dressing as, but he had big metal shoulder things AND HE WANTED IN THE CAGE BETWEEN THE TESLA COILS. Wha??!?!? But the audience chanted "Dr. Satan!" and ArcAttack relented and let him in the cage so long as he promised not to stick anything out of the cage and not to move. The host was sooooo funny. He said things like "Dr. Satan looks very conductive!" and "This is a good test of the Darwin Awards." and "Only at Dragoncon can something like this happen." He also got the audience to chant "Do not move! Do not move!" But after they shut Dr. Satan up in the cage people started chanting "Move! Move! Move!" so the host laughed and pointed out that the friends who chanted FOR him to get into the change were same people now chanting "move!" Anyway, here's the best video I found so far to give an idea of what they look/sound like, but they are a million times better.




Here's another very short video. Look very carefully and you can see there is a person in that box! I like how people are swaying along with the song in this video; you can kind of get an idea of how fun the host can be. He actually speaks for some time between songs sometimes and can rile the audience into a bit of a frenzy... FOR SCIENCE!




This was their set up for last year. I like the new set up better and would LOVE to be inside that box. But you have to hear their version of the Doctor Who theme or, as Peter David (?) said, "you haven't lived."

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herzograven
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
seeing a video of it is one thing, but damn seeing this in person is something else all together :D
madladyred
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I know!! The video just can't capture the electricity in the air!!! Or the real size and scope of the machines. Or the press of the crowd. And you can't jump up and down to the video. That was such a great night!!!!
disbandedtoastr
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I LOVE Ark Attack!! I can't wait for the opportunity to show Ark Attack to my students.
madladyred
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Now I"m so regretting not getting that "Science! It works, bitches!" Tshirt. :) :) :) Sigh.
I wish I were rich. :)
sarahtoalaska
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
AHHHH!!! I KNOW! Kenton had looked them up and showed me videos. We SO wanted to go and see them. Hillary told me about the Dr. Satan thing but it was funny reading someone else's account. I LOVE Tesla coils.
madladyred
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I hope they come back next year, too!
They were awesome about letting you go near them. (When they aren't active, of course.) THEY ARE SOOOOO COOL!! Cannot wait for next year, we'll all go and see them.
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madladyred
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
I would love to see/hear that!!!
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madladyred
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!!
Oh - that *was* cool. I liked the pipe things. I'll have to share that with my friends. :)
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